Home Guard (Rifle Club Scheme)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1944.

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Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley 12:00 am, 28th November 1944

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is yet in a position to announce his rifle club scheme for Home Guard units after disbandment.

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Yes, Sir. The formation of rifle clubs for members of the Home Guard is being entrusted to County Territorial Army Associations, who will work out schemes suitable for their own areas, and who will control the loan of weapons and the issue of ammunition. An instruction setting out the principles on which the clubs are to be organized has been sent to the Associations.

Photo of Sir Douglas Hacking Sir Douglas Hacking , Chorley

Does the control of munitions and weapons mean that they will loan weapons?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

Control the loan of weapons. They will loan weapons.

Photo of Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks Hon. Lancelot Joynson-Hicks , Chichester

Will this enable Home Guard detachments who stand down on 3rd December to form clubs straight away?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

I should have thought so.