HC Deb 27 March 1919 vol 114 c614W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the resentment due to the retention in the Army of youths who, prior to joining, were apprentices or studying for the professions, and whether he will infuse into the regulations governing demobilisation some elasticity or provide opportunities for the continuation of their studies while in the Army?

Captain GUEST

I regret that I can add nothing to the answer given to my hon. and gallant Friend the member for Torquay, on the 11th inst. to the effect that students and apprentices are being treated on the same footing as regards demobilisation as other soldiers. As has already been stated, the Army Education Scheme is being continued, and as far as possible extended, in the Armies of Occupation, and under this every facility possible will be provided for the continuation of the studies of youths and men retained. It is a matter the importance of which is fully realised.