Oral Answers to Questions — National Service (Young People).

– in the House of Commons on 8th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he will make a statement as to the arrangements that are being made with regard to training for National Service of boys and girls between 16 and 18 years of age, and as to the opportunity to be afforded for consultation of the parents of these children as regards the organisations which they are encouraged to join?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The arrangements for the registration of young people of 16 to 18 years of age are dealt with in the Board's Circular 1577, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member. The young people will, no doubt, themselves consult their parents before deciding voluntarily to offer themselves for any particular form of training or service in the light of such information and advice as may be given to them at interview.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

Does my right hon. Friend not think that if the contents of that circular were more widely known, it would remove a great deal of apprehension?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I quite agree. I am taking steps to see that the contents are more widely known.

Photo of Sir Annesley Somerville Sir Annesley Somerville , Windsor

Is there not an arrangement—voluntary, of course—between the Board of Admiralty and the Sea Cadets' organisation?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The Sea Cadets' organisation is one of those bodies to which I think boys will choose to go.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

Can we have an opportunity at an early date to discuss this matter?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

That is not a matter for me; but I am always happy to give the fullest possible information.