HC Deb 14 November 1938 vol 341 cc501-2
78. Mr. Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in view of the readiness of the London County Council now to assist in the defence of the country, he will suggest to the council that it should allow cadet battalions and officers' training corps to use the secondary schools; to grant scholarships to assist boys to become officers in the Royal Navy; and to call attention to the national requirements on Empire Day?

Mr. Shinwell

On a point of Order. May I ask, Mr. Speaker, whether you have noted the reference in this question to the intention of the London County Council, and whether there is not implied in this question an insult to that body?

Mr. Speaker

I have looked at the question and it does not appear to me out of order.

Mr. Shinwell

Is it not implied that now, for the first time, the London County Council is ready to take its share in the defence of the country?

Mr. G. Strauss

As the insinuation is not correct, surely no hon. Member should put down such a question about an outside body?

Mr. Speaker

Hon. Members alone are responsible for the accuracy of their statements in questions.

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Sir Victor Warrender)

The matters referred to in the question are for determination by the local education authorities. If there has been any change in their attitude in regard to them, they will, no doubt, give effect to it.

Mr. Shinwell

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether at any time there has been any indication that the London County Council has refused to share in the defence of the country?

Sir V. Warrender

I do not think that arises out of the question.