Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of National Defence): I wish to advise the house that it has been decided to establish immediately a force to be known as the "Veterans Home Guards", for the more adequate protection of military property or for any other purpose that may be found necessary in Canada. The force at the outset shall consist of twelve companies, to be expanded if circumstances so require, distributed across Canada and under the military district in which they are located. Each company shall be in command of an officer of the rank of major, and shall consist of 250 all ranks.
The district officer commanding shall in each case be responsible for the organization of any of such companies within his district. He will deal with all applications and shall have full control over the operations of such companies within the geographical limits of his military district.
The members of the said force shall be recruited from persons who served in the armed forces of Canada or the United King-
Royal Canadian Air Force
dom in the war of 1914-1918, and shall include persons in categories "A", "B" and "C" up to the age of fifty years. They shall receive pay and allowances according to the rates at present in force for the Canadian active service force.