National Voluntary Service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 22nd December 1938.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will consider issuing to all those who volunteer and are accepted for national service, men and women, including the exempted classes, a small badge or button which might be worn as a badge of distinction by those giving voluntary service to their country?

Photo of Sir John Anderson Sir John Anderson , Combined Scottish Universities

The object which my hon. Friend has in mind is, I think, largely met by the badges which are already issued under approved conditions to volunteers in the Air-Raid Precautions services and certain other branches of voluntary national service. I will, however, consider whether there is any call for the extension of this system.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Are these badges issued free to those who wear them?

Photo of Mr Robert Gibson Mr Robert Gibson , Greenock

Can the right hon. Gentleman say what will be the cost to the public funds in respect of these badges? What is the approximate cost of each badge?