Territorial Army Emergency Reserves (Call-Up)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th April 1965.

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Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 12:00 am, 14th April 1965

Can the Minister say why it should be necessary to call up personnel of the Royal Engineers and of the R.E.M.E.? I understood that recruiting in these two corps has been particularly good.

No doubt, the Minister will be aware that the way in which he has had to make this statement will cause considerable uncertainty amongst all members of the "Ever-readies", although only about 5 per cent. of them will be called up. Has he any proposals for ending this period of uncertainty as quickly as possible? Will he write to all those members of the "Ever-readies" who are not to be called up, as well as those who are to be called up, to say that they are not needed at this point?