Voluntary Aid Detachments.

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

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Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the present position with regard to the proposal that Voluntary Aid Detachment and Red Cross nurses should become Auxiliary Territorial Service nursing orderlies; and whether he will state the reasons for the change?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

This question is under discussion between the War Office and the voluntary organisations concerned. My right hon. Friend hopes shortly to be in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Sir Geoffrey Mander Sir Geoffrey Mander , Wolverhampton East

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the very strong feeling throughout the country on this subject, and will he bear that in mind in coming to any decision?

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Will my hon. Friend take note of the fact that the uncertainty about the position is having a very disturbing effect, and will he see that a decision is arrived at very soon?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Lambeth Norwood

Yes, Sir, discussions are going on at this moment.