HC Deb 14 June 1939 vol 348 c1283
29. Mr. W. H. Green

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that in the recent call up of Territorials for balloon barrage service only a few days' notice was given; and, in view of the inconvenience caused to both the Territorial and his employer, will longer notice in future be given?

Captain Balfour

In accordance with the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour on16th May, formal calling up notices for the anti-aircraft units of the Territorial Army and for the balloon barrage units of the Auxiliary Air Force were issued as soon as the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces Bill became law. In view of defence needs longer formal notice than 16 days was not practicable in this instance. It is intended whenever possible to give longer notice in future. In any individual case of special difficulty in which a replacement could be arranged the calling up date was deferred.