But what exactly is a "TA Signals Brigade"? 31/10/02 Rapid-response reserve force will fight terrorists Details of a new network of reserve forces to provide a quick response to any major terrorist attack against Britain were given to MPs by the Government yesterday. The 500-strong Civil Contingency Reaction Forces (CCRF) will be made up of reservists from all three services, Adam Ingram, the Armed Forces minister said. New teams would also be added to military headquarters to provide planning and liaison - becoming part of a round-the-clock command structure in the event of an attack or any other major incident. An existing Territorial Army signal brigade would also be provided with new radio equipment compatible with the emergency services to aid communication. The new home defence measures - part of the Government's response to the September 11 attacks on the United States - will mean an extra 700 volunteer reserve posts. Volunteers joining the CCRFs will get an extra five days of training a year, with another two added to all reservists' schedules to deal with the new role. Bruce George (Lab, Walsall South), who chairs the defence select committee, warned of the consequences if Britain were attacked when firefighters were on strike. "The whole system will be called into question if that attack succeeds," he said. "I hope to God an attack doesn't take place in a day when one of the three emergency services is not fully operational because the consequences will be truly horrendous and fingers would be pointed in many directions." Keith Simpson, a Tory defence spokesman, spoke of the shortfall in manpower in all three forces and said the Army was its own worst enemy when it came to overstretch. He said: "They often say that they have shortages of manpower, that they haven't got the right equipment and then they go on and carry out Government policy, they deliver on it and I suspect that the Treasury then says, 'there you are, the armed forces were crying wolf because they delivered'." Julia Drown (Lab, S Swindon) urged the Government to think again about its ethical foreign policy and arms exports. She said: "The truth is that the UK is a massive exporter of arms. That means our threshold for friends has to be very low. "We are friends of India and Pakistan but there are serious questions over selling weapons to them, given the dispute over Kashmir." Ian Liddel-Grainger (C, Bridgwater), a former Territorial Army officer, urged the Government to use the TA as a defence force. He said: "The Territorial Army has a unique ability to be a local defence force. It knows its area." * Later Mr Ingram urged the media to adopt a "measure of responsibility" in reporting of the investigation into a series of deaths at Deepcut barracks in Surrey.