HC Deb 22 March 1938 vol 333 cc976-7
16. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any grant is made by his Department to assist commanding officers who are authorised to raise new anti-aircraft companies of the Territorial Army?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The grant for antiaircraft units has been re-calculated, and I have announced very substantial increases over the existing rates. Special grants are also to be made to county associations towards meeting the cost of equipping messes and recreation rooms of new units.

19. Mr. Davidson

asked the Secretary of State for War the total number of complete anti-aircraft units now established in Scotland up to date?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Five, Sir.

Mr. Davidson

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the last time I asked this question there were only five anti-aircraft units in Scotland; is it his policy to increase the number in Scotland, in view of the very great importance of Scotland as a supply base during any war?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

The fact that the number five is not altered should not lead to any sinister conclusion. His Majesty's Government are conscious of their responsibilities towards Scotland.

Mr. Mathers

May I ask where the units are distributed?