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Special Reserve And Terri- Torial Force

Volume 65: debated on Thursday 30 July 1914

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Whereupon Mr. SPEAKER, pursuant to the Order of the House of 17th July, proposed the Question, "That this House do now adjourn."

I wish to ask whether there is anyone now on the Front Bench who can give us information in reference to the announcement of calling out the Special Reserve and the Territorial Force? I observe in the printed announcement mention is made of Section 13 (2) and (8) of the Territorial Reserve Forces Act. I have referred to the Act, and I can find no such provision in it.

There is Section 13, Sub-section (2), and there are two further Sub-sections (a) and (b). I presume 8 is a misprint for a. That Sub-section provides that the special section of the Territorials may be called out for service either in any place outside the United Kingdom or for military service for purposes of defence at such places in the United Kingdom as may be specified in their agreement whether the Territorial Force is embodied or not. I would be glad if we can be correctly informed as to whether those have been called out in any place outside the United Kingdom; whether it has been limited to that, or whether they are called out under the Section in general which provides for both.

I can say nothing at all, and I do not think the hon. Member has given notice to anybody.

There has not been any time to give notice. I have just seen it on the tape. It is very important that we should have accurate information.

Question put, and agreed to.

Adjourned accordingly at Three minutes before Nine o'clock.