HC Deb 24 May 1916 vol 82 cc2094-5
44. Mr. JOWETT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if he can arrange for the Bradford boys of eighteen, who will be called upon to join the Army under the Military Service Bill, to be trained together, as the Pals battalion raised in Bradford were, instead of being trained indiscriminately among older men; and whether he can arrange for them to be trained for the first six months at least in Bradford, where there are two barracks practically empty, so that parents may keep in touch with their boys as long as possible?


I regret that what my hon. Friend suggests is not possible. Owing to the number of men under training in England, and the large number of instructors required, it is not possible to set up a separate establishment for recruits under eighteen at Bradford. If this were done at Bradford, obviously the same consideration would have to be given to other cities.