HC Deb 10 July 1916 vol 84 cc35-6

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the Voluntary Ambulance Column attached to the London district has dealt with over 100,000 cases at no cost to the State; whether such organisation is now on the verge of collapse owing to the drivers being conscripted; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure the safe moving of the wounded?


I believe that this organisation has carried a large number of wounded at no cost to the State, but I am not informed as to the exact number. I was not aware that the organisation was on the verge of collapse. In answer to the last part of the question, I would suggest that those who control the organisation should submit a list of the drivers who are employed on the work of the ambulance column. I cannot, however, undertake that this organisation shall be treated any differently from the British Red Cross Society or the Royal Army Medical Corps as regards the enforcement of the liability to general service.


Having regard to the important work done by this organisation, would the hon. Gentleman see those in control and go into the matter himself, and may I bring the people to him?


I am quite sure my Noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State will go very closely into it.

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