HC Deb 02 February 1939 vol 343 cc363-4
47. Mr. Bellenger

asked the Prime Minister whether any special duties are to be allocated to Members of Parliament in the event of war; and whether they are free to volunteer for any of the positions for which volunteers are required, as outlined in the booklet on National Service recently issued to the public?

The Prime Minister

It would not, in my opinion, be right for His Majesty's Government to attempt to assign special duties to Members of Parliament as such. Each Member is, of course, free to decide for himself, in the light of his Parliamentary duties and other public obligations, what services he can undertake.

Mr. McGovern

Is there any reason why Members of Parliament who are frequently demanding war should not join up with the armed Forces?

Mr. Ellis Smith

Would the Prime Minister be good enough to indicate who those Members are?