Home Defence Force

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Gerald Reynolds Mr Gerald Reynolds , Islington North 12:00 am, 2nd February 1966

I think that all hon. Members will welcome the proposals, which will give us a better equipped, more easily available volunteer reserve, with a considerable saving of money at the same time. I cannot accept my hon. Friends view that this is a question of appeasement. We have been looking at the need for a Home Defence Force because the type of force in the Territorial Army today is not designed for home defence. We now feel we can produce a properly designed Home Defence Force considerably cheaper than was being done in the Territorial Army.