HC Deb 04 August 1942 vol 382 cc836-7
27. Mr. Donald Scott

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the decision to suspend enlistment in the Army Cadets is causing great disappointment to many willing youths; and whether he will allow the formation of new units where officers and instructors are available and authorise the issue of forage caps and arm-hands until further equipment can be provided?

Sir J. Grigg

The establishments already allotted to units of the Army Cadet Force will absorb all the uniform available. In view of the undertaking given in this House that uniforms will be issued to boys who join the Army Cadet Force, I do not think it advisable, apart from other difficulties, to adopt my hon. Friend's suggestion.

Sir Joseph Lamb

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the great dissatisfaction and disappointment in" rural areas, where in some cases as many as 60 or 70 boys desire to enlist but are unable to do so?

Sir J. Grigg

I am very much aware of the disappointment which would be caused if they were enlisted and not given uniforms.

Sir J. Lamb

Is the Minister aware that they are not asking to wear uniforms but that they desire to serve?