Motion made, and Question proposed,
That a sum, not exceeding £16,370,000, be granted to Her Majesty, to defray the expense of the Reserve Forces (to a number not exceeding 400,000, all ranks, including a number not exceeding 385,000 other ranks), Territorial Army (to a number not exceeding 306,000, all ranks). Home Guard (to a number not exceeding 1,900, all ranks), Cadet Forces and Malta Territorial Force, which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1957.
§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
I would be much obliged if the Under-Secretary would explain an item on Vote 2. I think we should have some idea of the reason we are voting this sum of money. I find that in the paragraph on "Organisation," in the Explanatory Notes, there is a brief description of the rôle of the Army Emergency Reserve on the outbreak of war. The paragraph says that it is(a) to provide units of the Mobile Defence Corps;599 I should like the hon. Gentleman to give us some idea of what the Mobile Defence Corps is to do.
In paragraph (b), we are told—