HC Deb 05 June 1940 vol 361 c851W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will arrange for officers on the emergency reserve to do a short refresher course and so fit themselves for service when needed; and whether he will consider the employment of former officers, who are fit and anxious to serve, to give at least preliminary training and instruction to recruits, thereby enabling a greater number to be called up and trained than is now the case?

Mr. Eden

The possibilities of extending military training are kept constantly under review, but are limited by such factors as accommodation, equipment and the supply of qualified instructors. It is not desirable to dissipate our resources by extending training facilities to those who have not yet been called up, as this can only be done, at present, by limiting the training facilities available for personnel who have already been called up. Former officers who are suitable have been and will continue to be recalled as they are required.