§ Mr. Brazier
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to use members of the reserve forces in support of current operations.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Defence reported to the House by notice last month the call-out of a small number of willing officers of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve to support current operations.402W
A further need for specialist support available only from the reserve forces has now become apparent, and a number of individuals from the Territorial Army's intelligence and security group (volunteers) have offered to serve on duties in the United Kingdom. My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State has made the Queen's order required by section 12(1) of the Reserve Forces Act, 1980, and has formally called them out under section 11(1) of the Act.
A number of officers of the Royal Naval Reserve have also volunteered to serve, and they are being called up under the provisions of an Order in Council made in May 1982.