HC Deb 08 March 1938 vol 332 cc1687-8
9. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for War whether a birth certificate has to be shown when a recruit enlists in the Army; and whether, in view of the undesirability of enlisting boys under age, he will amend the recruiting regulations with a view to putting an end to this practice?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The recruiting regulations already provide that where there is the slightest suspicion that the recruit is under the age limit, full inquiries will be made before final approval.

Year ended 30th September. Number struck off. Annual amount. Number Restored. Annual amount.
£ £
1935 27 665 11 336
1936 20 597 5 191
1937 27 937 1 12
Mr. Day

Are these pensions generally refunded to the pensioners when application is made?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The short answer is that pensioners who fail to draw their pensions for a period of more than 12

Mr. Thorne

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this soldier is now in trouble and declared in the court that he was only 16 years old last May and that if it had not been for enlisting so young, he would not have got into the trouble he is in now?

Mr. Macquisten

Is it not a fact that the educational facilities in the Army are far better than those in civil life?

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