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National Service

Volume 978: debated on Thursday 7 February 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will set up an appropriate investigation into the need for, and objectives of, a system of national service, including defence service, for young people.

As I have already explained to my hon. Friend, the Government prefer to encourage voluntary participation by young people in defence and in other fields and I do not believe such an investigation would be useful. Rather we should continue to operate and develop the programmes already in existence