HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 cc574-5
8. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider issuing a suitable number of Mills bombs to every police barracks in the country for re-issue in emergency to duly accredited members of the local community?

Mr. Eden

Armed resistance to invasion is a matter for the Armed Forces of the Crown, including the Local Defence Volunteers. I am not prepared to make any public statement as to the measures in contemplation or under consideration

Sir T. Moore

While I see my right hon. Friend's point of view, will he re- call that the Prime Minister stated last week that everyone in this country was now in the front line; therefore, is it not essential that those in the front line should be suitably armed?