Youth Service Work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education. – in the House of Commons on 26th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the President of the Board of Education what steps he is taking, together with the Service Departments, to provide leaders for youth organisations whose numbers will be considerably increased by the scheme of registration?

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

I would refer the hon. Member to the replies given to the hon. and gallant Member for Holland-with-Boston (Lieutenant Butcher) by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary on 21st January and my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service on 22nd January, copies of which I am sending him. So far as military requirements permit, the military authorities co-operate with my Department by releasing, or deferring the calling up of, physical training instructors, or by allowing instructors serving with the Forces to give such help as they can. The provision of officers for pre-service training organisations is the responsibility of the Service Department concerned.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

While thanking my right hon. Friend for his answer, may I ask whether part-time services of Civil Defence workers will be used?

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

We must be ready to use the services of anybody who is ready to co-operate with the voluntary organisations, if their services are suitable.