HC Deb 30 January 1945 vol 407 cc1270-1
46. Mr. Vernon Bartlett

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the falling off in the membership of the A.T.C. owing to the closing of recruitment for the R.A.F., the Government will reconsider the advisability of uniting the S.C.C., the A.C.F. and the A.T.C. into a United Services Training Corps under a single administration with a common age of entry.

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

No, Sir.

Mr. Bartlett

Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that a great many people who have control of the A.T.C. feel very strongly that this change should be made?

Mr. Attlee

I think that a great many others feel that they would lose something of the close connection between particular Services, on which it has been built up, and take a different view from my hon. Friend.

Sir W. Wakefield

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a very large number of people believe that, by adopting the proposal in the Question, the whole purpose and object which young folk desire, whether in the air, on the sea or on land, would be lost?