HC Deb 06 June 1940 vol 361 cc990-1
42. Mr. Daggar

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the resolution of protest from the Abercarn Urban Area Trades Council and Labour Party regarding the recent appointment of an organiser commanding the Local Defence Volunteer Corps in the Abercarn urban area; and what action does he propose to take in the matter, especially in view of the opposition taken to this appointment?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Richard Law)

I have seen the resolution. I will make inquiries regarding the appointment referred to, and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Mr. Daggar

Is the Minister aware that the person appointed had had no experience of the kind of warfare which is likely to occur against parachute troops, neither had he ever commanded soldiers; and that, by reason of his age, he is liable to be called up for service in the next category, and that he resides 10 miles from the centre he commands?

Mr. Law

I will take note of the hon. Member's criticisms.

Mr. George Griffiths

Seeing that there is now a National Government and that we are all in it, will the Minister take care that there is no partiality in these matters, from the political standpoint?