Mobile Reserve

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 16th November 1960

asked the Minister of Defence whether he is satisfied that there is a sufficient mobile reserve to enable the country to discharge its commitments; and what study is being made of those commitments.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I am satisfied that our plans will provide us with an adequate mobile reserve. As to commitments, a review has recently been completed. This has taken into account, among other things, constitutional developments that have already taken place in our dependent territories and likely changes in our responsibilities in the future.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Are we to have a statement on the results of this review? It seems puzzling to many of us that units which are notoriously far under strength are now apparently expected to fulfil the same commitments as they would if they were up to strength.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I do not accept that for a moment.