Clause 2. — (Constitution of Associations.)

Part of Orders of the Day — Auxiliary and Reserve Forces Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham East 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

Even after the passage of the Bill the actual administration of the Sea Cadet Corps will remain in the hands of the Sea Cadet Council as at present. The functions which the Admiralty will perform in connection with Territorial associations under the Bill will be very slight, mainly advisory and only at their request. It would not be reasonable, therefore, to impose upon them what would really be the unnecessary burden of having to appoint members of the associations.

Furthermore, as the hon. and learned Member will be aware, his Amendment would embrace also the Royal Air Force, provision for which is already made in Clause 7. In view, therefore, of the fact that this part of the Bill deals only with associations which have responsibilities for the Territorial Army, and as the actual administration of the Sea Cadet Corps will continue as at present, I trust the hon. and learned Member will agree that the Amendment is not necessary.