HC Deb 07 March 1939 vol 344 cc1909-10
45. Mr. Mander

asked the Prime Minister what reply he has sent to the letter addressed to him on the subject of National Service on behalf of the National Youth Pilgrims, 2,500 of whom came to London on 19th February?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Chamberlain)

The organisers of the pilgrimage were informed on 1st February that it would not be possible for me to receive a deputation from the various sections of the pilgrimage on 20th February. They renewed their request in a letter dated 17th February, which did not reach me until the 20th of that month, but I was unable to alter my decision.

Mr. Mander

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind the great importance which these young people of military age attach to the question of policy in connection with National Service?