Army Cadet Training

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons on 1st October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the President of the Board of Education what arrangements exist between his Department and the War Office to safeguard the conditions and education standards of Army cadets below the age of 16?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The Board has asked local education authorities to give their help in developing the educational aspects of Army cadet training. I am sending my hon. Friend copies of a circular and administrative memorandum dealing with this matter.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

I have seen the circular. Will the hon. Gentleman have a further look into it, because in one London borough 50 per cent. of the cadets have dropped off in the last few months. I think it requires some further examination.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

The matter is receiving constant attention. I know that the county cadet committees and the local education authorities are very actively co-operating in the matter, and I think a substantial improvement in the education facilities for Army cadets is being made over wide stretches of the country.

Photo of Sir Joseph Lamb Sir Joseph Lamb , Stone

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that unless the ceiling is increased many of the boys will be unable to join the Forces?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

That is a matter for the Secretary of State for War, who replied this week that the matter was having serious consideration.