HC Deb 23 July 1940 vol 363 c574
7. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will issue instructions that the use of paper will be confined to a minimum in transmitting orders to, or demanding reports from, units of the Local Defence Volunteers?

The Secretary of State for War (Mr. Eden)

Instructions have recently been issued for all possible economy in the use of paper and in the volume of returns called for in respect of all Army units and establishments. These instructions will apply to Local Defence Volunteers.

Sir T. Moore

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that Local Defence units have neither typewriters, typists, pens, ink, nor paper except those supplied by themselves, and that therefore this suggestion particularly applies to those units?

Mr. Eden

The hon. and gallant Member cannot be more anxious than I am to reduce the amount of paper that the Army is called upon to use.

Mr. Stokes

Is the Minister aware that an ordinary Regular battery has to make no fewer than 25 returns per day?