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Auxiliary Territorial Service

Volume 413: debated on Friday 24 August 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether members of the A.T.S. may be allowed to volunteer for service in Burma and other Eastern theatres now that hostilities have ceased.

Yes, Sir. The employment of A.T.S. would help materially to ease the manpower situation in these theatres, particularly during the release period, and while no compulsory transfers will be made I shall welcome volunteers. They will be posted to areas where the general conditions, accommodation and amenities are satisfactory.

asked the Secretary of State for War whether A.T.S. may be permitted to volunteer for service in Burma and other Far Eastern theatres, in view of the fact that the Japanese war is concluded; and if he will give an assurance that no form of compulsion will be used.

I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for King's Norton (Mr. Blackburn) to-day.