Pass System.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is satisfied with the present position regarding special passes issued to Government servants and others engaged on war work; and whether in particular he will consider insisting on a greater standardisation of passes, and that passes should only be valid for a stated definite period so that a periodical check up might be made in the interests of national security?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I have no reason to suppose that the pass system is not working satisfactorily. The circumstances of Departments vary considerably from the point of view of security, and for that reason I do not think that a standard form of pass is desirable. I understand that in many Departments the period of validity is limited.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Is not the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that there are at least a dozen kinds of passes and that so long as the present system is in operation it is very difficult to ensure absolute security in the issue and control of passes?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I do not think I can accept that statement, and I do not think it is sensible to say that the security provisions should necessarily be the same at the Admiralty and the Tithe Redemption Commission.