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Territorial Force And National Reserve

Volume 65: debated on Friday 7 August 1914

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asked the Prime Minister (1) what action will be taken by the lords lieutenant and county Territorial associations with a view to organise and arm all men willing and able to be enrolled for Home defence; whether some line of action could be indicated while the House is still sitting; and (2) whether he will direct all lords lieutenant to organise the National Reserve in each county and provide them with rifles and ammunition?

A circular is being addressed to lords lieutenant and heads of county associations pointing out the manner in which they can best aid the military authorities. It is most desirable at this juncture that all should give their assistance in support of the appeal which has just been issued for men to join the Army. With regard to question No. 8, the best method of employing the National Reserve is now being considered, and a decision will be taken as soon as reports, which are being called for, have been received.