HC Deb 01 March 1921 vol 138 cc1632-3W

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that recruit- ing for the Volunteer forces is being retarded amongst eligible men, who realise that, although a pledge is given that in the event of war the Volunteer forces will not be sent out of the country except by the passing of a special Act of Parliament, it is recognised that in the event of war this special legislation would undoubtedly be forthcoming, which would mean that the Volunteers would be called up for service, and jobs and businesses would be taken by those who refused to volunteer; and what steps it is proposed to take to meet this objection?


The nation has accepted the policy of a regular Army recruited on a voluntary basis, supported by a voluntary Territorial Army, and I have no reason to think that the necessary recruits will not be forthcoming. The Territorial Army will only be required for service overseas in a grave and supreme emergency, and special legislation will be necessary. I feel sure that that opportunity will be taken to afford protection to the Territorial soldiers.