§ 65. Mr. Silkin
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, in certain areas, members of the Local Defence Volunteers who have had no experience in the use of firearms are recommended to go to private rifle ranges at their own expense, and that no other provision, either for regular practice or otherwise, is available; and whether he will make arrangements to ensure that in every area adequate arrangements are made for regular practice without expense to the volunteer?
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for War (Sir Edward Grigg)
Authority has been given to Local Defence Volunteer commanders to carry out rifle practice and to use part of the ammunition issued to them for that purpose. Ammunition for training on miniature ranges is being provided from commands. Mileage allowance for motor cars is admissible for journeys on duty authorised by the unit commander. I am looking into the question of providing facilities, where necessary, for railway travel.
§ Sir E. Grigg
If the hon. Gentleman will give me the name of the area, I will look into the matter.
Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. Lambert-Ward
Is my hon. Friend aware that the ammunition issued to the L.D.Vs. is inadequate to ensure even a reasonable standard of efficiency?
§ Sir E. Grigg
We have plenty of ammunition in this country, and we are issuing it as fast as we can.
§ Mr. Shinwell
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that free ammunition is not supplied to the L.D.Vs. in the Palace of Westminster and that they have to pay for it and object to doing so?