HC Deb 05 July 1938 vol 338 cc149-50
3. Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he proposes to take any steps to deal with conditions prevailing in the Horse Guards arising out of the recent case in which certain soldiers were sentenced?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Steps have already been taken to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents.

Mr. Bellenger

Has any inquiry been made, or will it be made, into the circumstances in which civilians were permitted to be in the guard-room of the barracks?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Yes, Sir, inquiries have been made, and certain steps have been taken. The General Officer Commanding the London District has been requested to make further inquiries to see whether, if possible, further safeguards can be introduced.

Mr. Benjamin Smith

Is it not notorious that these places are the habitual resorts of people?

Mr. Lawson

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that the orderly officers carry out their duties?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The orderly officers have been directed to make more frequent and more irregular visits.

Mr. George Griffiths

Has the War Secretary considered the question of lowering the age for marriage allowances?

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