HC Deb 13 December 1929 vol 233 cc853-4W

asked the Secretary of State for War what proportion of boys trained in the Church Lads Brigade under the War Office scheme ultimately join the King's Royal Rifle Corps or other branches of the Army; and whether it is proposed to extend the scheme of military training to other religious organisations?


On 31st October, 1928, the strength of the officially recognised units of the Church Lads Brigade was 19,515, and during the 12 months preceding that date the number of members and ex-members of the brigade who enlisted in the Regular Army and Territorial Army was 163 and 270, respectively. Separate figures for enlistments into the King's Royal Rifle Corps are not available. As regards the second part of the question, religious organisations are not invited to raise cadet units, but if any such organisation were to apply for recognition of cadet units, the application would be considered on its merits.