Oral Answers to Questions — Cadets (Camps)

– in the House of Commons on 4th April 1944.

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Flight-Lieutenant Teeing:

asked the Prime Minister whether the daily charge of is. 9d. at camps held for sea, army and air cadets must continue to be met by parents or welfare funds; and whether it could be made a charge against grants, so enabling many more boys to attend such camps.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I am not aware that members of these Forces are in fact unable to attend camps on account of these charges.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that these excellent organisations are voluntary, and that it is a matter of pride that these boys save up for a year to go to them? Most of them are working boys.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Is my right hon. Friend alive to the importance of the Army cadet battalions? Cannot something be done on the lines suggested to increase the number of boys who attend these camps which form such a useful part of their Army training and for which they voluntarily give their only annual holiday?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

I am not aware that any are deterred on account of these charges. They are very moderate.

Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton

asked the Prime Minister whether the officers accompanying cadets to sea, Army and Air Force camps, are taken on the strength and paid at Service rates during the period of the camp.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

Officers of the Army Cadet Force who are on the strength of cadet units are dealt with in the same way as officers of the Home Guard. They receive no pay, but rations and compensation for loss of earnings whilst attending courses and attachments, and certain free services including free travel in certain circumstances. Officers of the Sea Cadet Corps and of the Air Training Corps are treated somewhat differently when they attend approved camps or courses. They are in general given the pay of their substantive rank for a limited period in addition to free accommodation and rations.

Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman why there should be any difference between the boys and the officers at the same camps?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Epping

The officers are giving service, and the boys are receiving instruction.

Photo of Mr Luke Teeling Mr Luke Teeling , Brighton

Are not the boys, at the same time, rendering a service, in training to join the Forces?