HC Deb 02 December 1947 vol 445 c180
29. Mr. Medlicott

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his regulations permit soldiers under 21 to sign regular engagements to serve for a period of years over and above the term of their liability under the National Service Acts.

Mr. Shinwell

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Medlicott

Is the Minister aware that the Infants Relief Act of 1874 was passed so as to protect young people from the consequences of contracts which they have entered into whilst under age, and does the Minister consider it satisfactory that young lads of 18 and 19 are allowed to bind themselves to serve in the Army for seven, eight and even nine years ahead?

Mr. Shinwell

The hon. Member asked for information, and I have given him the answer.