HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 c182
21. Sir Annesley Somerville

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs what arrangements are being made in Newfoundland for the recruitment of men for the Army?

The Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs (Mr. Eden)

As the result of an exchange of views with His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom, the Government of Newfoundland has recently called for volunteers for upwards of 1,300 men for service with the Royal Artillery. These recruits will receive their training in the United Kingdom, and will be posted to the same unit or units as far as possible. I am glad to be able to inform the House that a report has been received from the Government of Newfoundland that this call for recruits has met with a most enthusiastic response.

Mr. Gallacher

Before bringing these recruits out of Newfoundland, has the Minister any intention of restoring democracy in Newfoundland?

Mr. Eden

I am glad to be able to say that the economic condition of Newfoundland is steadily improving; and we shall do all we can to foster that improvement.