asked the Under secretary of State for Air whether the 2474W undertaking given in August that as from 1st December, 1945, the overseas tour for single airmen would be reduced to three years and six months, has been carried out.
§ Mr. Strachey
Yes, Sir. Naturally we cannot bring home on one day all the 22,500 extra men who have now become eligible for return. But we are making a good start. The last of the airmen who have served more than three years and six months overseas should be on their way home by February, and by far the greater number well before then. We have explained this to the Service.