Home Guard (Embodiment Strength)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th May 1951.

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Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North 12:00 am, 29th May 1951

asked the Secretary of State for War the number of officers and men required for the Home Guard on its embodiment and in the preparatory stage.

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

The present target figure for the Home Guard on first embodiment is 200,000 all ranks.

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

Will the hon. Gentleman please answer the second part of the Question—"and in the preparatory stage"?

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

Before the Home Guard is formed a certain number of personnel will be earmarked for important posts in each unit. Of course, the original 200,000 are themselves partly in the preparatory stage, and they will be built up.

Photo of Sir Toby Low Sir Toby Low , Blackpool North

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that "a certain number" is not an answer to the question? What is the number?

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

All these details are now being worked out. I am afraid I cannot give any further information at the moment.

Photo of Brigadier Ralph Rayner Brigadier Ralph Rayner , Totnes

Have Home Guard staff officers been posted to all the commands yet?

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

That is another question.

Photo of Mr Anthony Head Mr Anthony Head , Carshalton

When the hon. Gentleman says that details are now being worked out, does he recall that we were told nine months ago that they would be completely worked out in the near future; but nine months have gone and this business is still going on?

Photo of Mr Woodrow Wyatt Mr Woodrow Wyatt , Birmingham Aston

I am talking about the earmarking of key personnel.