§ MR. HEDGES (Kent, Tonbridge)
To ask the Secretary of State for War, 1193 whether his attention has been called to the fact that, under Clause 3 of the Army Order of the 23rd December 1907, Militia officers transferred to the new Special Reserve will, on mobilisation, have no chance of active service; and whether it is his intention that officers, who in many cases have already done good service in the field, should be prohibited under the new conditions from such service in the future.
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) If my hon. friend will kindly turn to paragraph 63 of the Army Order he will find that officers of the Special Reserve will be liable, on mobilisation, to be called out for permanent service at Home and Abroad. The intention is to utilise these officers in the field to replace vacancies and wastage in the line battalions.