Home Guard, Leeds (Greatcoats).

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has now investigated the question of the non-supply of greatcoats to the Leeds battalion of the Home Guard, referred to in the letter from the hon. Member for South-East Leeds, dated 3rd January; and when the greatcoats are likely to be supplied?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

Home Guards at Leeds have been issued with either capes or greatcoats. All capes will ultimately be replaced by greatcoats, but it would not be justifiable in view of the supply position to withdraw the capes until an alternative use has been found for them. I am asking the Northern Command to investigate the position in this particular case.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is the Minister aware that the position is very unsatisfactory, and that serious consequences may ensue if proper provision is not made in the matter?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

I know that there are disadvantages in regard to capes, but they were brought in as a substitute at a time when there were difficulties of supply. I think the hon. and gallant Member will agree that in these difficult days of supply one must be very careful not to have waste.

Photo of Mr James Milner Mr James Milner , Leeds South East

Is not the Minister aware that these greatcoats are in stock and that they could be supplied to-morrow if he gave the order?