HC Deb 03 July 1951 vol 489 c2115
1. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War the average age of teachers employed by the Royal Army Educational Corps.

The Under-Secretary of State for War (Mr. Wyatt)

The average age of teachers in the Royal Army Educational Corps is 35.25 years in the case of officers and 22.3 years in the case of other ranks.

Mr. Williams

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that among those there are many young ones, and is he satisfied that they are mature enough to answer questions on political and international affairs of which they get very many knotty ones?

Mr. Wyatt

The only very young ones are National Service men in the case of both officers and other ranks. Most of the officers, in fact, are over the age of 30.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Did not the hon. Gentleman say that the average age of all other ranks is 22 years? Is not this very young, and could not they be employed on some more martial form of activity?

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