HC Deb 04 July 1939 vol 349 cc1109-10
44. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken by him to carry out the undertaking to notify men called up under the Military Training Act that they will at no time during their period of service be asked to perform duties in connection with industrial disputes?

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

A paragraph giving the promised assurance has been included in the pamphlet which is being issued to all militiamen.

Mr. Mander

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether that covers the whole period of four years during which they are liable to be called up for service?

Sir V. Warrender

I understand that this matter was dealt with in a statement by my right hon. Friend in the House on 12th May.

Mr. Mander

May I ask the specific question: Does it cover only the six months for which they are now being called up, or does it cover the whole period during which they may be called upon to serve? This is very important.

Sir V. Warrender

I think it covers the initial period.

Mr. Mander

Was not a pledge given that the whole period should be covered?

Mr. G. Griffiths

Will they be strong enough to perform these duties if they are fed on margarine?

55. Mr. Pilkington

asked the Secretary of State for War whether there will be a medical examination of militiamen at the end of their six months' training to ascertain the general effect on their health?

Sir V. Warrender

This suggestion is being borne in mind, but I am not sure that it will be practicable.

56. Mr. W. Roberts

asked the Secretary of State for War whether arrangements are being made to set up milk bars in the new Militia camps which are being organised, such milk bars to be either part of the dry canteens in the camps or, if that is not possible, in close proximity to the camps?

Sir V. Warrender

No, Sir, but hot and cold milk will be on sale at the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

Viscountess Astor

Does the hon. Gentleman not think that it would be an advantage to the troops to have a good milk bar in every unit, and does he realise how many women are terrified about sending young sons to camp on account of drink?