Home Guard

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th November 1944.

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Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley 12:00 am, 7th November 1944

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will allow a certain number of rifles and a reasonable supply of ammunition to be retained by companies or platoons of the Home Guard who desire to form themselves into rifle clubs after their disbandment as Home Guard units.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I do not see my way to allow rifles and ammunition to be retained by companies or platoons of the Home Guard for the purpose of rifle shooting. I am, however, considering a scheme which will fulfil the purpose which I think my right hon. Friend has in mind.

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

When will my right hon. Friend be able to announce the Scheme?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I cannot say, but I will let my hon. Friend know as soon as I can.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Home Guard auxiliaries are also to receive certificates of service in recognition of their work.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The certificate which will be issued to members of the Home Guard would not be appropriate for the Home Guard auxiliaries, and arrangements are therefore being made to issue a special certificate to them.