Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, the other day the hon. member for Lake Centre asked me to state how many men of N.R.M.A. status had proceeded to theatres of war up to the end of March. I had given figures to the end of February
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and I told him that I had cabled for this information, and would endeavour to give it to the house. I received a reply this morning.
Up to the end of March, 1,705 men who had claimed N.R.M.A. status when they left Canada had proceeded to theatres of war. That represents an increase of 1,467 over the 238 who had proceeded to theatres of war to the end of February. Of this 1,705, a total of 1,651 still had N.R.M.A. status when they left England. What happened to them after they got over to the theatres of war I do not know.
Perhaps I might be permitted to emphasize that these figures bear out the statement which I made to the house yesterday that ' these men are treated in exactly the same way as general service men. They take their place in the queue and proceed as reinforcements to the theatre of war as they are needed.
Subtopic: CANADIAN ARMY
Sub-subtopic: N.R.M.A. MEN PROCEEDING TO THEATRES OF WAR