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National Service Men, Kenya

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 13 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many National Service men have served in Kenya since the emergency began in the autumn of 1952; how many are now serving as officers and in the ranks; whether he is satisfied as to the value of the training they have received; and how many of them have expressed a desire to enter the newly-named Oversea Civil Service after they have completed their military training.

Just over 4,000 National Service personnel have served in Kenya. At present, there are 160 National Service officers and 2,293 National Service other ranks serving there. My right hon. Friend has no reason to doubt the adequacy of their training.I regret that the details asked for in the last part of the Question are not readily available.