Oral Answers to Questions — Anti-Aircraft Defence, London.

– in the House of Commons on 4th October 1938.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles , Blackburn

asked the Secretary of State for War the official strength of a searchlight battalion in London?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

The establishment published on page 69 of Army Estimates, 1938, was 1,336 all ranks, but units, where approved, are allowed to recruit above this figure.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles , Blackburn

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he has received any information from commanding officers that these large numbers make it impossible to administer these battalions efficiently?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles , Blackburn

asked the Secretary of State for War what allowances are made for battery and company clerks in anti-aircraft defence in London?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

It is the responsibility of Territorial Army Associations, to whom grants are made for this purpose, to provide clerical assistance for units.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles Lieut-Colonel Sir Walter Smiles , Blackburn

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the amount sanctioned is only about 7s. 6d. per week, and that company commanders are now providing the extra amount out of their own pockets?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

No, Sir. It is a little complicated to explain by question and answer, but I do not think that what my hon. and gallant Friend says covers the whole of the facts.