Armed Forces (Recruitment)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:05 pm on 1st April 2009.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud 7:05 pm, 1st April 2009

I am delighted to present a petition on behalf of Quaker Peace and Social Witness. It is in the names of Michael Bartlet and Debbie Taylor and 1,500 other signatories. It seeks to raise the age at which young people may enter the armed forces.

The petition states:

The Petition of people of this country,

Declares that the Petitioners welcome proposals to raise the school leaving age to eighteen; and further declares their regret that young people joining the armed forces at the age of sixteen currently commit themselves to a period of four years service beyond their eighteenth birthday.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to bring forward legislation to delay enlistment of recruits into the armed forces until after their eighteenth birthday.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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