HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc75-6W
Mr. Sharp

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what youth organisations operate in the British zones of Germany and Austria; whether any of these are non-political in origin; and what progress has been made or is likely to be made, in the establishment of a Boy Scout movement.

Mr. J. Hynd

In the British zone of Germany the churches are responsible for about 60 per cent. of all the clubs formed. Of the remainder the greater number are independent clubs—mainly sports clubs— but there is a minority organised by the political parties and trade unions. When the re-establishment of a Boy Scout movement in the British zone was considered some time ago, it was then decided that conditions were not suitable. The position is being re-examined from time to time. In the British zone of Austria the youth organisations of the principal political parties are responsible for the majority of the clubs, but there are a large number of church clubs and a few boy scout troops.