Voluntary Aid Detachments.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 24th June 1942.

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Photo of Lieut-Colonel Dennis Boles Lieut-Colonel Dennis Boles , Wells

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will now give reasons for the suggested amalgamation of the Voluntary Aid Detachments with the Auxiliary Territorial Service; and does he realise that such amalgamation will be unpopular?

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

I regret that I have at present nothing to add to previous answers given recently on this subject.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Gilbert Acland-Troyte Lieut-Colonel Sir Gilbert Acland-Troyte , Tiverton

Can the hon. and learned Gentleman give an assurance that there will be a chance of debating this matter in the House before this comes into force?

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

I think we had better wait until the proposed deputation has been received.

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Can the hon. and learned Gentleman give the date when it will be received?

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Kingswinford

I am not in a position to do so.