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Cadet Corps (Government Assistance)

Volume 244: debated on Tuesday 4 November 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is now in a position to make a statement as to the possibility of devising means whereby properly constituted organisations of boys, such as cadet corps, can be assisted to carry on the non-military side of their work, observing that official recognition of the cadet corps movement ceased on 31st October?

As the hon. and gallant Member is aware, the War Office has now no direct concern in, or responsibility for, cadet units. But my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State is in communication with the President of the Board of Education to see whether a scheme can be devised for the loan, on terms, through the medium of the Board of Education, of certain limited quantities of camp equipment to approved organisations concerned in the welfare of juveniles. I need hardly add that a scheme of this kind, if it is practicable, would have the warmest sympathy of the Secretary of State.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Secretary of State for War promised to make a statement on this point, and when will he be in a position to give a definite statement as promised?

I will remind my right hon. Friend of that promise, and perhaps he himself will give a direct answer to the hon. and gallant Gentleman.

If I put this question down in one week's time, shall we be allowed to have an answer then?