Oral Answers to Questions — Voluntary Aid Detachments.

– in the House of Commons on 8th July 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the Prime Minister whether he can now give an assurance that mobile members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment, serving in hospitals of the Armed Forces, shall not, without their consent, be absorbed into other organisations, but may remain under the auspices of the British Red Cross Society and wear their customary uniform?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I understand that the proposal to enrol mobile members of V.A.Ds. in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, applies only to those serving under the War Department. Perhaps my hon. Friend would be willing to address any representations which he may wish to make to the Secretary of State for War, who is, I understand, receiving a deputation on the subject.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Why is there a difference of policy between the Admiralty and the Air Ministry on the one hand and the War Office on the other?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

That is another question. The hon. Baronet had better put it down.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

If I address a Question of this kind to the Secretary of State for War, which I have previously done, he declines to answer for the other two Ministries. How, therefore, am I to obtain a reply on this point?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I suggest that the hon. Baronet should put his Supplementary Question on the Paper, and I shall be prepared to answer it. It does not arise directly out of this Question.