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Aymy Reservists, Southern Ireland

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 30 May 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for War how many reservists are at present in Southern Ireland; what arrangements have been made with the Free State Government to ensure the free mobilisation and despatch to their units in England or Northern Ireland in case of war; how many of these reservists have joined the Free State Army or the Irish Republican Army, respectively; and, having regard to this depletion of the reserves, whether His Majesty's Government are taking any steps to increase the available reserves of His Majesty's army?

The number of reservists residing in Southern Ireland at present is about 2,300, but I am not in a position to say how many of these men, if any, have joined the Free State Army or the Irish Republican Army. No special arrangements regarding their mobilisation have yet been made with the Irish Government. With regard to the last part of the question, special steps have been taken to increase the Reserves.