HC Deb 09 July 1946 vol 425 cc221-2
63. Colonel Wigg

asked the Secretary of State for War the conditions and rates of pay for boys who enlist in the Army on Regular engagements.

Mr. Bellenger

Boys are enlisted to serve up to age 18 and for 12 years thereafter, some of which may be in the reserve. Those accepted for training as bandsmen, drummers, etc., at present undertake to serve for nine years (from age 18) with the Colours and three years in the Army Reserve and all other boys, including apprentice tradesmen, for eight years with the Colours and four years in the Army Reserve. The consent of both parents (if living) or the legal guardian is required in each case before the enlistment can be proceeded with. With effect from 1st July, 1946, the pay is 1s. 6d. a day for the first year, 2s. a day for the second year, and 2s. 6d. a day for the third year, but, on attaining the age of 17½ years, all boys will receive the minimum recruit's rate of 4s. a day.

Colonel Wigg

Do I understand that the minimum age for enlistment will now be 15, instead of 14 as it was before the war?

Mr. Bellenger

I should like notice of that question.