HC Deb 30 May 1912 vol 38 c1553

asked the Prime Minister whether the Commissioners of the Treasury have communicated to the War Department a wish to discourage Civil servants from joining the Special Reserve; and whether, in the event of the answer being in the negative, he will make a statement of Government policy in regard to Civil servants joining the Reserve Forces?


While facilities are afforded to Civil servants to join the Territorial Force, neither the War Office nor the Treasury consider it desirable that they should be encouraged to enter the Special Reserve, seeing that, as was explained in reply to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for East Down on 27th September, 1909, the conditions of service and training required in the Special Reserve cannot be adequately fulfilled by Civil servants with due regard to the exigencies of their Departments.