Home Guard.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 10th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any steps are taken to prevent mental deficients and other categories exempt from the Armed Forces from joining and retaining their connection with the Home Guard?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

Volunteers for the Home Guard are registered at the local police station in the first instance, and, if they are considered suitable for enrolment, they are interviewed by the unit commander. Home Guards can, of course, be of a lower medical standard than regular soldiers, and I think that commanding officers can be relied upon to accept only such men as are fit to perform Home Guard duties.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

Is the Minister aware that no method is in existence up to the present for finding out whether certain persons are mentally deficient or not; and is he aware that practically all the mentally deficients are properly registered, and that a scheme should be evolved whereby officers of the Home Guard could be put in touch with those registers?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg Lieut-Colonel Sir Edward Grigg , Altrincham

All available information is obtained.