§ 7. Colonel Wedgwood
asked the Secretary of State for War whether members of the Civilian Defence Force will be allowed to use their own firearms pending the issue of Service rifles, and to obtain ammunition for them?
§ 10. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider the desirability of enlisting all lorry drivers as members of the Local Defence Volunteer Corps to combat the parachute menace, and of providing such drivers with suitable arms?
§ 21. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas
asked the Secretary of State for War whether retired officers, no longer on the reserve, who are authorised to wear uniform on appropriate occasions, may wear their old uniform if hunting enemy parachutists, without being specially enrolled in the new anti-parachute corps?
§ 24. Mr. Stokes
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will make arrangements so that rifle and small arm ammunition may be issued free to the 2,326 miniature rifle clubs, thereby enabling the maximum use to be made of their ranges for the purpose of training members of the Local Defence Volunteers?
§ Mr. Law
It is not considered necessary to issue rifles and ammunition to miniature rifle clubs, but these clubs can assist materially by offering their ranges for the use of Local Defence Volunteers, who can be trained there by the use of the rifles and ammunition allotted to them for the purpose.
§ Mr. Stokes
The information received from the Association of Miniature Rifle Clubs is that they are not getting free issue of ammunition and that, therefore, they are restricted in their activities?
§ 15. Mr. Silkin
asked the Secretary of State for War what precautions are being taken to prevent the enrolment of Fascists, Communists and other potential fifth columnists to the Local Defence Volunteer 404 Force; and whether he is satisfied that the precautions taken are adequate?
§ 4. Mr. Poole
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will ensure that the fullest possible inquiries are made into the bona fides of persons recruited for local defence corps before issuing arms and ammunition to these persons, thus obviating any risk of such arms being placed in the hands of fifth columnists in this country?
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is the Minister aware that Communists never were and never will be potential fifth columnists?