Home Guard.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 9th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that they are many Civil servants whose duties will be of such importance during invasion that they cannot join the Home Guard on the basis that they should report within 48 hours and then be instructed by the military authorities whether to parade for military service or not; and whether he will consider allowing them to become available to the Home Guard to defend the building in which they are working if, and when, their Minister was of the opinion that it was no longer necessary or them to continue their civil duties and, preferable, that they should assist defensive operations?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave him on 2nd July. I am afraid that the suggestion contained in the second part of the Question is impracticable.

Photo of Mr James Wootton-Davies Mr James Wootton-Davies , Heywood and Radcliffe

Does not my right hon. Friend think that there is still very great confusion about this matter?

Photo of Captain Harry Crookshank Captain Harry Crookshank , Gainsborough

I should have hoped that my previous reply would by, now have dissipated any confusion which exists.