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Territorial Army: Civil Contingency Reaction Forces

Volume 497: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether members of the Territorial Army will be paid if they are called out as part of the Civil Contingency Reaction Force in the next six months; and if he will make a statement. (293987)

In response to a recommendation within the recent report on the Strategic Review of the Reserves, the current Civil Contingency Reaction Force structure has been discontinued as a role for regional Territorial Army units. However, joint regional liaison officer posts and brigade reinforcement teams have been retained within regional forces brigade headquarters to continue in a command and control framework providing the necessary link with the civilian authorities and emergency services.

Support to operations remains the highest priority for Defence including support to United Kingdom operations. Territorial Army personnel who are called out in support of any operation will be entitled to remuneration in accordance with normal, extant policy.