§ 6. Mr. D. Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Air why good tradesmen, with only eight weeks' service, are being sent to Cyprus; and whether, in view of the fact that this area is considered to be dangerous, he will take steps to end this practice.
§ Mr. Jones
Does the right hon. Gentleman think that it is reasonable that a young man, although he is 22 years of age, after just eight weeks' training in the Air Force, should be sent to Cyprus, amidst the dangers which exist in that island at the present time? Although the man may be a good carpenter, as the Secretary of State alleged in a letter to me, does the right hon. Gentleman think that it is fair that after eight weeks' training he should be sent into that danger zone?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Cordeaux
Does not my right hon. Friend agree that that area is not really so very dangerous, but that if it were the good tradesman concerned 373 would resent even more the policy advocated by the hon. Member for The Hartlepools (Mr. D. Jones)?
§ Mr. Fernyhough
Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that it is right that after eight weeks' training these men should be sent to what, after all, is an active theatre? Can he say why the Government should argue that two years' conscription is necessary before a man is completely trained?