I thank the hon. Gentleman for that reply. Is he aware that no fewer than 12,000 children between the ages of 15 and 17½ were recruited into the British Forces last year, making more than one-quarter of the total? Is he aware that this is causing great concern? What does he propose to do to ensure that only people of a more mature age shall be allowed to make this decision?
The hon. Gentleman is confusing apprentices and people of that kind who receive apprenticeship technical training at Halton and other places. It would be extremely unusual if they came into the category mentioned in the hon. Gentleman's Question about those drafted overseas.