Class Z Reservists (Recall)

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing:

asked the Minister of Defence whether in calling up the Z and equivalent reservists, he will adopt the principle of calling first those reservists with the shortest service; and what arrangements he will make to exempt those reservists working on rearmament projects.

Photo of Mr Reginald Paget Mr Reginald Paget , Northampton

asked the Minister of Defence whether he will now make a statement with regard to the recall of Class Z reservists.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

asked the Minister of Defence if he will make a statement as to the recall to service of Class Z reservists.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

asked the Minister of Defence if he will make a statement regarding the recall of Class Z reservists, indicating the numbers required; the conditions, including length and terms of service; and the principles upon which selection will be based.

Photo of Mr Christopher Hollis Mr Christopher Hollis , Devizes

asked the Minister of Defence whether he is yet prepared to make a statement about the proposed call up of members of Z reserve.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

asked the Minister of Defence what is the Government's intention as to the calling up of Class Z reservists and the military or other mobilisation of those who wrongfully avoided military service in World War II.

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

I invite hon. Members to await the statement on the Government's defence programme to be made next week.

Mr. Orr-Ewing:

When working out this arrangement would the right hon. Gentleman ensure that a tribunal is set up which may consider, in the national interests, whether it is advisable for a man to be called up or whether he should go on working on the re-armament projects on which he is engaged at present?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

All those detailed considerations had better await the comprehensive statement.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

Can the right hon. Gentleman give us an assurance that the statement to be made will deal explicitly with the Government's intentions in regard to the Z reservists?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

It will deal with the matters mentioned in the Questions.

Photo of Sir Harmar Nicholls Sir Harmar Nicholls , Peterborough

In view of the need to build up an effective Civil Defence force would the Minister consider making a statement whereby the Z reservists aged at least 40 or 37 years would be exempt from call in the first 12 months of hostilities, provided they are members of the Civil Defence service?

Photo of Mr Evelyn Strachey Mr Evelyn Strachey , Dundee West

The hon. Gentleman had better await the statement.