HC Deb 13 June 1950 vol 476 cc20-1
40. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that National Service men will be joining their Territorial units either as reservists or volunteers from 22nd June onwards and what will be the pay, bounty and other terms of their service in either case.

Mr. Strachey

For periods of training in the Territorial Army, all National Service men will receive pay and allowances at the same rates and under the same conditions as existing volunteers. National Service men who undertake and carry out the full training obligations of the normal volunteer, in lieu of their statutory liabilities, will receive a bounty. I regret that I cannot say today what the bounty will be, but an announcement will be made very shortly covering the position of National Service men in the Auxiliary Forces of all three Services.

Mr. Mitchison

Is my right hon. Friend aware that any further delay in announcing the bounty is likely to hinder the efforts of those who want to get volunteers for these Territorial units?

Mr. Strachey

I agree entirely with my hon. and learned Friend about the urgency of the position.