§ 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?