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Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for War the numbers and percentages of casualties among National Service men and Regular Service men, respectively, during the last 12 months; and how many were under the age of 20 years.

In the year ended 30th June, 1954, the following casualties, excluding deaths and injuries from accidents and disease, were reported:but this can never be done to the full extent because the Army's requirements never exactly correspond to the particular skills of National Service men.


asked the Secretary of State for War if he will arrange for men to take their three weeks' training during the period of their annual leave from their employment if they desire to do it at this time.

I assume that the hon. Member has in mind National Service men attending annual camp during their obligatory part-time service: this is normally for 15 days. Those in the Territorial Army and most of those in the Army Emergency Reserve are in units. It is very important that a unit should go to camp as a whole and special arrangements for individuals can therefore only be granted for extreme compassionate reasons. For men in the Army Emergency Reserve who are not in units it is, however, usually possible to arrange their annual training at times convenient to them.