Air Training Corps

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1972.

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Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Bristol North East 12:00 am, 20th April 1972

asked the Minister of State for Defence what proposals he has to reorganise the Air Training Corps.

Photo of Viscount  Lambton Viscount Lambton , Berwick-upon-Tweed

There are no plans for any major reorganisation of the Air Training Corps, which is providing a most valuable service. However, as a contribution to the continued search for economy, it is proposed to reduce the number of wing headquarters by selected amalgamations. This will not involve any reduction in the number of squadrons or facilities which are available to cadets.

Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Bristol North East

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. Is he aware of the growing disquiet in Bristol at rumours that the unit based there is to be moved? Can he assure us that a city of the size of Bristol will continue to be a base headquarters for one of these units?

Photo of Viscount  Lambton Viscount Lambton , Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Bristol wing is the smallest in the South and West of England Region. The Gloucester wing is the smallest adjacent wing with which it could be amalgamated. This amalgama- tion will make practically no difference to the life of cadets.