17 JUNE 1955, Page 15


SIR,—A young employee of mine has just done his annual training for a fortnight at Alder- shot—two weeks which a grower of fruit and vegetables can ill spare. He makes no com- plaint of his treatment, accommodation or food under canvas, but he tells me that he and his companions were given positively nothing to do and they were all agreed that the whole thing was a grievous waste of time and money.

Had they had any training at all they would have welcomed it; as it was they just slacked about.

I regard the young man as truthful and reliable—he came back before the railway strike started so that the strike could not be pleaded as an excuse for disorganisation. He is in the infantry and a non-specialist.

I enclose my card, but for obvious reasons must sign myself,—Yours faithfully.