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Volunteer Forces (Recruitment)

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 1 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he is satisfied that the recruitment of volunteer forces in Hong Kong is now meeting with an adequate response.

Recruitment is proceeding steadily but not as rapidly as was hoped. I am assured by the Governor that everything possible is being done to stimulate recruitment for the Defence Force and in particular for those components which are principally concerned with internal security duties and with the maintenance of essential services.

Can the Minister say whether there is any question of applying conscription to British nationals already in Hong Kong?

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether adequate equipment and training areas are provided for the volunteers?