HC Deb 24 February 1908 vol 184 cc1340-1
MR. PARTINGTON (Derbyshire, High Peak)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if, looking to the fact that the proposed changes of enlistment and liabilities under the Territorial Forces Act are regarded in many quarters with dissatisfaction, he will consider the advisability of allowing Volunteers to continue their service for one year, so that they may have a longer period in which to see "how the new conditions will affect them.


My hon. friend is evidently unaware that while units of the Volunteers will be transferred to the Territorial Forces on 31st March, when the new system takes the place of the old, iudividual ex-Volunteers will be given up to 30th June to decide whether they are willing to accept the new conditions of service. I think my hon. friend will agree with me that this date will give them ample time to understand the new terms of service.