Home Guard (Equipment).

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Supply. – in the House of Commons on 24th July 1940.

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Photo of Mr John Parker Mr John Parker , Romford

asked the Minister of Supply whether arrangements will be made with firms not at present engaged on war work, to manufacture equipment for the Home Guard?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Arrangements have been made to bring into production many additional firms for the manufacture of equipment needed for the Home Guard.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is that happening in every case? Are there not persons who could be employed on making hand grenades, who cannot get permission from the right hon. Gentleman's Department?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am not aware of that, but if cases are sent to me, I will, of course, look into them. What I am concerned about is to get enough production to enable us to deliver the goods. We have been eminently successful in this matter since the decision was reached.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Is the right hon. Gentleman quite satisfied about that?