HC Deb 21 January 1953 vol 510 cc190-1
23. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what percentage of National Service men do a proportion of their service in overseas theatres, including Western Germany.

Mr. Ward

About 13 per cent. are serving overseas at present.

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Would my hon. Friend direct his attention to increasing this percentage of National Service men, because they are doing a very good job overseas and it makes them feel that their service has been really worth while if they have done a certain percentage of their two years in overseas theatres?

Mr. Ward

We cannot send more National Service men overseas than we need for the task.