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

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Photo of Mr Peter Bessell Mr Peter Bessell , Bodmin 12:00 am, 2nd February 1966

Will the hon. Gentleman agree that while this statement may be an improvement upon the orginal proposals it is one which, nevertheless, will be received with dismay by many thousands of men who have given untiring service to the Territorial Army?

Secondly, may I ask him whether this is a final decision of the Government, and, if so, was it taken in consultation with the Council of the Territorial Army Association?

Finally, will this force be available for peace-time use in the event of any emergency?