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Volume 462: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give an assurance that sufficient of his Department's troop-carrying transport will be available this year for Territorial annual and week-end camps, and that there will be no need to employ hired civilian transport as was necessary last year.

I regret that I cannot give the assurance asked for by the hon. Member. My Department depends to a considerable extent on suitable hired civilian transport not only for the requirements of the Territorial Army, but for those of the active Army as well. War Department transport is inadequate to meet all the requirements of the Territorial Army during the summer months when camps are being held.