§ 41. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Prime Minister to what extent the statement of the Minister of Defence on 22nd May on the question of conscription and the call-up represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. R. A. Butler
I have been asked to reply.
I presume the hon. Member is referring to the statement by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence on 21st May in answer to a Press inquiry. I can certainly confirm, as stated by my right hon. Friend, that we have no plans for the continuation of National Service.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable alarm and concern, especially among young people, about the report that the defence advisers of the Government are advising them to continue National Service in some shape or form? Can he give a firm assurance that that is not the intention of Her Majesty's Government?
§ Mr. Butler
Yes, Sir. I repeat what I said in my Answer, that "we have no plans for the continuation of National Service"