Discipline.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make concerning the suggestion of many local authorities and others that a discipline code should be instituted for Civil Defence workers?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Provision is made under the Defence Regulations for the punishment of members of those services who disobey lawful orders or without reasonable excuse are absent from their posts of duty. As at present advised, I do not think that any elaboration of the present disciplinary machinery is required.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Has not my right hon. Friend been asked by local authorities and also by the Civil Defence service itself to institute a disciplinary code which would be less cumbersome and more effective than the present procedure?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Certain representations have been received. My impression is that Civil Defence workers generally are satisfied with the existing arrangements, and I do not think that anything more is required at the present time.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Can the Home Secretary tell us the percentage of the representations made to him?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am afraid I do not know it.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

It would be about one per cent., I expect.