§ Mr. Nield
asked the Secretary of State for War what aid is given by his Department to the Army Cadet movement; whether stores and equipment left from the recent war are made use of to this end; and if he is satisfied that all possible steps are being taken to encourage the success of the movement.
§ Mr. Bellenger
My Department gives substantial help to the Army Cadet movement in a variety of ways in support of the pre-Service military training of the cadets. Uniform and an adequate scale of equipment are issued; financial grants are made towards the training and administration of the Army Cadet Force including assistance in the provision and maintenance of accommodation. Extra help, in the form of personal service and generous loans of equipment, is given for annual and week-end camps. Many local authorities, including local education authorities, co-operate towards strengthening the club and welfare aspect of cadet life, and I hope that all local authorities will assist their own cadets so far as they can.
Substantial issues of surplus equipment have been made to the Cadet Force, both to stimulate general interest, and to contribute towards technical training. I cordially invite hon. Members to visit the admirable cadet centres which have been opened by the Army at Aldershot and Exeter. I would also emphasise what my predecessor said regarding the Cadet Force on 27th June, 1946, and would add that plans for linking them to the Territorial Army are well advanced. It is my intention to contribute in every way possible towards the future success of the cadet movement.