asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer the approximate annual cost of Entertainments National Service Association; and the numbers of men and women, respectively, under 35 years of age, fit for essential work, employed thereby?
The Entertainments National Service Association is a voluntary organisation without funds. It bears no part of the cost of national service entertainment and the personnel engaged in this work are in the employment of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes. The approximate gross cost of national service entertainment provided in the current financial year, including salaries of administrative staff, is £2,200,000. The information asked for in the second part of the Question is not immediately available. Inquiries are being made and a communication will be sent to my hon. and gallant Friend as soon as possible by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service.