HC Deb 09 February 1944 vol 396 cc1775-6
65. Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will increase the establishment for Army Cadet units in the county of Gloucester, so that many boys who now desire to join may be allowed to do so.

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Arthur Henderson)

I understand that the number of Army cadets at present authorised for the county of Gloucestershire has not yet been fully taken up, and that no application has been made for an increase in the number. I do not, therefore, understand how it is that boys willing to join the Army Cadet Force have been unable to do so, and if my hon. Friend will send me particulars I will have the matter investigated.

Mr. Lipson

Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that it has been publicly stated that there are 500 Army Cadets in Gloucester for whom no places can be found?

Mr. Henderson

I am informed that the ceiling fixed for cadets in Gloucester is 2,750, and that their strength, on the last return, is 2,461.