§ 50. Mr. Dudley Williams
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware of the probable loss to the Army of volunteer personnel in the Anti-Aircraft Command due to its disbandment; and if he will take steps to see that they are transferred to other units.
§ Mr. Head
We are doing, and will continue to do, everything possible to encourage and make it easy for volunteers in the Territorial Army who become surplus owing to the winding-up of Anti-Aircraft Command to serve in other units. We are setting up boards of officers locally to handle the question of transfers and, where vacancies cannot be offered immediately, we are asking volunteers to remain on our books while we find suitable vacancies.
I hope very much that the great majority of volunteers will stay on and give their invaluable service in other units. They are the backbone of the Territorial Army.
§ Mr. Williams
I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Would he discuss this question with his noble Friend the Secretary of State for Air to see whether some of these personnel could not be absorbed in the Royal Air Force, in view of the responsibility of that Service for guided missiles in the future?
§ Mr. Strachey
Can the Minister say what is to happen to the very bulky equipment which must be thrown out by this move?
§ Mr. Burden
Could my right hon. Friend give any encouragement to the number of highly-skilled, technical, salaried men who are employed by Anti-Aircraft Command, particularly in regard to radar and prediction?
§ Mr. Bellenger
Can the right hon. Gentleman give the House some idea of the size of the problem? For example, how many officers and men are involved in this switch-over?
§ 51. Wing Commander Hulbert
asked the Secretary of State for War how the running down of Anti-Aircraft Command will affect the promotion of Regular officers of the rank of major, and above, in the Royal Artillery.
§ 54. Wing Commander Hulbert
asked the Secretary of State for War consequent upon the running down of Anti-Aircraft Command, what steps are being taken to deal with the ancillary services, including the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Army Service Corps and Signals.
§ Wing Commander Hulbert
Can my right hon. Friend say when this process of selection will be completed?