HC Deb 01 March 1955 vol 537 cc255-6W
106. Mr. John Hall

asked the Secretary of State for War what facilities will be given to volunteers of all ranks of disbanding Territorial units of Anti-Aircraft Command to join the Mobile Defence Corps.

Mr. F. Maclean

I hope that a large number of the Territorial Army volun- teers who become surplus will volunteer for this new Corps. We have set up local boards which will give all particulars concerning service in the Mobile Defence Corps. Units of the Mobile Defence Corps will consist of National Service subalterns and men who will have done one month's Civil Defence training during their full-time service. For their more senior officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers we shall rely on volunteers, who will be invited to attend short courses to make them ready to receive national servicemen into their units. The Mobile Defence Corps will have a vitally important role and I can assure all those volunteering for it that they could find no better way of continuing to serve their country.