HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c1346
31. Mr. Henry Brooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the fact that more recruits for the special constabulary are needed in the London area, he will reconsider the age limit which at present bars any volunteer under 30 from being accepted, however suitable he may be in all other respects.

Mr. Ede

A lower age limit of 30 was fixed for the Civil Defence Services in connection with the present recruiting campaign in order to encourage men in the lower age groups to volunteer for the Auxiliary and Reserve Forces, and it was decided to apply the same limit in the appeal for special constables which formed part of the general campaign.

Mr. Brooke

Do I understand from the right hon. Gentleman that a young man under 30 may now be accepted for the special constabulary?

Mr. Ede

No, Sir. I think the duty of a young man under 30, who has spare time, is to join the Territorial Forces.