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Mobile Reserve Orders

Volume 393: debated on Thursday 4 November 1943

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33.

asked the Home Secretary whether he can state the purpose of the National Service (Civil Defence) Civil Defence Force Order (S.R. & O., No. 1474, of 1943) and the National Service (Civil Defence) Discharge and Transfer Order (S.R. & O., No. 1473, of 1943), both of which relate to the Civil Defence Mobile Reserve of Kent and West Sussex?

The National Service (Civil Defence Force) Order, 1943, revokes an earlier Order referred to therein and made in 1942 by which the Kent and West Sussex County Civil Defence Mobile Reserves were declared to be Civil Defence Forces for the purpose of the National Service Act, 1941. The object of that declaration was to make it possible for persons called up for service under that Act to be posted to the Mobile Reserves in question, but it has subsequently been found impracticable to do this, and the Order has accordingly been revoked. The second Order referred to by my hon. Friend is consequential upon the first Order. It revokes a previous Order which became redundant on these two Mobile Reserves ceasing to be Civil Defence Forces.