HC Deb 27 May 1936 vol 312 c2027W

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether he will consider the value of ascertaining how many key men indispensable in industry are now serving in the Territorials or auxiliary branches of the Navy and Air Force who would therefore not be available in time of emergency to serve in the units in which they have enlisted; and whether a regional survey of such a district as Coventry or Birmingham will be made to disclose the true position of effective fighting strength and provide an opportunity for considering how prospective recruits of this type should be enlisted either in the Royal Engineers, Territorial Army, or as Royal Naval Volunteer artificers, so that their services in peace and war could be best employed?


I appreciate the importance of my hon. and gallant Friend's point, and he may be assured that it will not be overlooked.