§ The Secretary of State for War (Mr. Antony Head)
Welsh National Service men are posted to fill all available National Service vacancies in the Welsh Guards and the three Welsh infantry regiments.
§ Mr. G. Thomas
Is the Minister aware that the best opportunity to give to Welshmen would be to end conscription and let them decide if they want to volunteer for any unit at all?
§ 25. Mr. C. Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent the Welsh 1668 language was used in recent tests to determine educational standards among National Service men recruited from Wales.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the Minister aware that the first language of most of these recruits from the Welsh-speaking areas of Wales is Welsh, and that therefore the report which was published by his education department about two months ago is completely valueless because the Welsh language was not used? Furthermore, is he aware that the figures in that report were misleading and that the conclusions in it were offensive to the Welsh people? Will he convey that to his education department?
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Is the Minister aware that these figures allege a proportion of illiteracy which no one in Wales believes for a moment? For example, in my own county we have a bigger proportion of grammar schools than any other county in the country. Will the Minister publish in the report the criterion upon which these tests are based, so that we can judge for ourselves?