§ Lieutenant-Colonel BURGOYNE
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will state what recognition the War Office proposes to give to those officers and men who, night and day, have given admirable service in the Anti-Aircraft Corps in England during the War?
It is at the discretion of the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Great Britain, to bring to notice such services as he considers are deserving of recognition. The most favourable consideration has in the past been accorded by the Army Council to all recommendations proposed for Anti-Aircraft Corps in England, and any further services brought to notice will receive due consideration.
§ Mr. RAMSDEN
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can state the present duties of the Anti-Aircraft Force in this country; and whether he will take steps to demobilise the officers and men attached to it, especially those whose duties are to protect towns and munition areas inland?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
The present duties of the Anti-Aircraft Force in this country are to maintain the anti-aircraft defences so that they can be made efficient in a short time in case of necessity. Both officers and men of the anti-aircraft defences have been demobilised as far as possible, and only the number required to keep in order the guns, aeroplanes, and searchlights and general organisation are now being retained.