HC Deb 10 March 1938 vol 332 c2105
50. Mr. Kennedy

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the desirability of preventing the possibility of a professionally-composed force being used either for purposes of aggression abroad or the establishment of military dictatorship at home, he will now consider the introduction of a system of general military training solely for purposes of effective national defence?

The Prime Minister

The proposal in this question appears to contemplate a form of compulsory military training, and I have already stated that so far as this Government is concerned no such proposal will be introduced.

Mr. Kennedy

In this matter does the Prime Minister distinguish between military training and compulsory military service?

The Prime Minister

There is a distinction between the two.

Mr. Macquisten

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that the best evidence of complete accord between ruler and ruled is when the ruler provides that all the people shall be trained and armed?