HC Deb 11 March 1952 vol 497 cc119-20W
93. Mr. Wood

asked the Secretary of State for War what is the minimum length of training given to National Service men before active service.

Mr. Head

National Service men drafted to the Middle East receive at least 10 weeks' training, those to the Far East 16 weeks. Additional training is carried out on troopships.

94. Mr. G. Longden

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that threats and dictatorial methods are being used to persuade National Service men to sign on for further service; and if he will take immediate steps to have this practice stopped.

Mr. Head

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply to a Question by the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) on 4th March.