HC Deb 28 February 1939 vol 344 cc1070-1
36. Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the advisability of setting up a national guard to be recruited from the membership of the British Legion to act in an emergency in guarding vital parts of the country and so release our second line of defence, the Territorials, for more active service, having in mind the response made by the British Legion in the September crisis when its services were immediately offered?

Sir V. Warrender

The War Office has already invited the British Legion to assist in recruiting the National Defence Companies, whose duty it will be to protect vulnerable points in emergency, and it is hoped to arrange a meeting with representatives of the Legion in order to discuss the matter further.

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