HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 cc1997-8
30. Mr. Fleming

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the communication signed by the chair man of the Manchester Scottish Societies with reference to the formation of a Territorial Scottish battalion in that city; and what steps he intends to take in the matter?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

It is not possible, at the present time, to fit into the organization of the Territorial Army a new Scottish battalion in Manchester, in addition to the battalions already authorised.

Mr. Fleming

Is my right hon. Friend aware that already over 700 young men of Scottish descent have signed a requisition to form such a battalion in Manchester, so that after finishing their military training under the Military Training Act they can join a. Territorial Unit with a Scottish title?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

There are plenty of vacancies for these 700 young men in Lancashire if they will joint existing units.

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