HC Deb 01 June 1949 vol 465 c2109
36. Mr. George Ward

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he is satisfied that the recruitment of volunteer forces in Hong Kong is now meeting with an adequate response.

Mr. Creech Jones

Recruitment is proceeding steadily but not as rapidly as was hoped. I am assured by the Governor that everything possible is being done to stimulate recruitment for the Defence Force and in particular for those components which are principally concerned with internal security duties and with the maintenance of essential services.

Mr. Ward

Can the Minister say whether there is any question of applying conscription to British nationals already in Hong Kong?

Mr. Creech Jones

That does not arise on the Question asked.

Mr. W. Fletcher

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether adequate equipment and training areas are provided for the volunteers?

Mr. Creech Jones

We are meeting all the demands for equipment.