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?
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.
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?
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.