HC Deb 25 October 1944 vol 404 c182W
Mr. Woodburn

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the recruitment of boys for the A.T.C. and their attendance at training is suffering from the absence of any assurance that they will be admitted to the R.A.F. and that this compares unfavourably with the confidence of the sea cadets who rely upon a sea enlistment at the end of training; and whether a better guarantee can be offered in these matters.

Sir A. Sinclair

I am aware that recruitment for the A.T.C. and the attendance of A.T.C. cadets at training are both being affected by inability to guarantee the ultimate entry of the cadets into the R.A.F., but I am sorry to say that in existing circumstances it is not practicable to give such a guarantee. I understand that although the position in this respect of the sea cadets is somewhat more favourable, the Admiralty are not able to guarantee that all Sea Cadets will be accepted for service in the Royal Navy.