HL Deb 17 October 1945 vol 137 cc353-5

4.45 p.m.


My Lords, I beg to ask the question standing in my name.

The question was as follows:

To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will arrange from time to time for limited numbers of Peers to visit a demobilization centre in order to see the arrangements in actual operation.

4.46 p.m.


My Lords, what the noble Marquess refers to as demobilization centres, are of two kinds: disembarkation centres and dispersal centres. The dispersal centre is the final stage in the process of release and all those about to be released pass through the dispersal centre. Those returning to this country from abroad for the purpose of release pass first through a disembarkation centre. Members of your Lordships' House will be welcome whenever they wish to pay a visit either to a disembarkation centre or a dispersal centre. With the consent of the noble Marquess, and thinking it will be for the convenience of your Lordships, I am appending to my answer for the purposes of theOfficial Report, a list of disembarkation and dispersal centres giving their addresses and telephone numbers. Members of your Lordships' House who wish to visit any of these centres should write direct to the Commanding Officer in order to arrange a suitable date, or, if they prefer it, communicate with me, I will gladly make the arrangements. The units are working every day; and they are always ready to show visitors round. Visits by members of your Lordships' House would be an encouragement to the Commanding Officers and to those working under them and with them at these centres.

Following is the list of disembarkation and dispersal centres

Command or District. Title of Unit. Location. Tel. No.
Scottish No.1 Military Dispersal Unit Redford Barracks, Edinburgh. Edinburgh 88221
Northern No. 2 Military Dispersal Unit Fulford Barracks, York York 53621, Ext. 17
Eastern No. 3 Military Dispersal Unit Talavera Camp, Northampton. Northampton 4771–5
No. 5 Military Dispersal Unit Queen's Camp, Guildford Guildford 2391–3
London No. 4 Military Dispersal Unit Regent's Park Barracks, Albany St., N.W.I. Euston 3051–4
Southern No. 6 Military Dispersal Unit Sherford Camp, Taunton Taunton 4491–5
Western No. 7 Military Dispersal Unit North and South Camps, Ashton-under-Lyne. Ashton-under-Lyne 3051–5
No. 8 Military Dispersal Unit Bradbury Lines, Hereford Hereford 2124–6
Northern Ireland No. 9 Combined Military Collecting and Dispersal Unit. Victoria Barracks, Belfast Belfast Belfast 28121, Ext. 34
Command or District. Title of Unit. Location. Tel. No.
Southern No. 1 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit. Ranikhet Camp Reading Reading 67611–67613
No. 2 Military Disembarkation Camp, Unit Slade Camp, Oxford Oxford 7181–5
Eastern No. 3 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, Kent. Sandgate 78146 Ext. 20.
Western No. 1 Military Disembarkation Camp, Group H.Q. Hadrian's Camp Carlisle Carlisle 2190–6
No. 4 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit. Ditto Ditto
No. 5 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit. Ditto Ditto
Northern No. 6 Military Disembarkation Camp Unit. Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, York. Strensall 33

I am much obliged to the noble Lord for his answer. This complex procedure has, by all accounts, worked so successfully both in conception and in operation that I am sure it will be the desire of many of your Lordships to take advantage of the facilities to pay a visit to these centres which the noble Lord has been good enough to offer.