HC Deb 01 February 1949 vol 460 c218W
92. Mr. Low

asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent it is intended to continue recruiting to the Territorial Army men in reserved occupations; and whether they will be expected to continue in the Army in the event of war in a part-time or whole-time capacity.

Mr. Shinwell

The position remains as stated by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service in reply to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham (Mr. Fairhurst) on 29th July last. We shall continue to accept volunteers whether or not they are in occupations likely to be reserved in the event of war. They would, if in reserved occupations, not be mobilised for full-time service except in a Service trade appropriate to their qualifications and experience, but some of them might be employed for a time, at any rate, on part-time duties which did not interfere with their civilian employment.

97. Colonel Ropner

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will arrange for the payment of a recruiting bonus to those members of the Territorial Army who recruit a volunteer.

Mr. Shinwell

The practice of giving monetary awards to individuals for obtaining recruits was reviewed in 1947 and it was decided not to continue it.

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