12 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 3

At the outbreak of war a National Youth Committee was

formed, with the full co-operation of all education authorities and voluntary societies. Each authority was invited to set up its own Local Youth Committee, and the response was both prompt and widespread. Thus there was laid on Education Committees the responsibility for providing an all-round scheme of social and physical training. It was hoped that a new era of co-operation would start between statutory and voluntary bodies. The war itself gave a new impetus to Youth Service schemes, and many are now in existence. A team of thirty physical training instructors has been at work for the last six months throughout the country. More money and more instructors and leaders were needed to replace the many key men who were among the first to join the Services.