HC Deb 17 February 1948 vol 447 c971
16. Dr. Segal

asked the Secretary of State for War what percentages of our troops at present serving in each of the Army commands overseas consist of short-term conscripts under 20 years of age.

Mr. Shinwell

It would be contrary to the public interest to disclose the information requested, nor is the information readily available. I can state, however, that about 9 per cent. of British troops overseas consist of men called up since 31st December, 1946, the majority of whom are still under 20 years of age.

Dr. Segal

In view of the great moral dangers to which many of these young lads are exposed, would it not be possible to confine their service overseas to commands in which these dangers are reduced to a minimum?

Mr. Shinwell

No, Sir.