HC Deb 04 March 1942 vol 378 c662W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the advantages that would result from the immediate formation of a Royal Armoured Corps cadet branch of the existing Army cadets of junior training corps and other categories, to be directly affiliated to the Royal Armoured Corps on lines similar to the Air Training Corps and the Royal Air Force, having a uniform that is distinctive, and providing for these youths courses of training in all mechanical work concerned with tanks, so that Royal Armoured Corps cadets can be passed into the Royal Armoured Corps on attaining the necessary age, thus providing a steady inflow of semi-trained recruits of a type in urgent demand?

Mr. Sandys

I do not think it would be desirable to divide up the Cadet Force. There are great advantages in retaining the existing conception of the Army Cadet Corps as related to the Army as a whole, in the same way as the Air Training Corps is related to the Royal Air Force as a whole and not to any particular branch of it. The importance of mechanical training is, however, fully appreciated.