asked the Under-secretary of State for War whether he will make it clear that personnel of the Home Guard travelling from their homes to instructional parades, exercises or other military duties may do so at the public expense?
In considering this matter, will the War Office bear in mind that the efficiency of the Home Guard and therefore the protection of this country, is greatly menaced, if these essential expenses are not refunded or permitted by the Treasury?
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that local authorities are being circularised on the subject of the division of the Home Guard into classes by memoranda, or letters to the same effect, by the Ministry of Health (2564), the Board of Education (351), the Board of Trade (I.M.3. 3163/42), the Electricity Commission (A. 950/394/112K.) and the Central National Registration Office (N.R. 137); and will he take steps to stop this, and save both Government and municipal time, labour and paper by the issue of one single co-ordinating circular on all future similar occasions?
These circulars were issued to meet points as they arose. I agree with my hon. Friend that instructions from more than one Department on the same subject should whenever possible be correlated in a single circular. He will, however, appreciate that in certain cases owing to the urgency of the matter the delay necessarily involved cannot be accepted.