HC Deb 09 April 1941 vol 370 cc1549-50
15. Sir Patrick Hannon

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is now in a position to make a statement about the future of the Observer Corps?

13. Sir Adam Maitland

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the opinion in some quarters that the importance of the work of the Observer Corps has not been sufficiently recognised; and whether he is able to inform the House of the results of his recent inquiries into general matters affecting the Observer Corps, and of any proposals of improvement it is intended should be made?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am happy to inform the House that, in recognition of the valuable services rendered by the Observer Corps over a number of years, His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve that the corps shall henceforward be known by the style and description of "The Royal Observer Corps." I have recently had under re- view various questions relating to the status and conditions of service of the corps, and I have arranged to place in the Library, for the convenience of Members, a summary of conclusions on the main points of principle and detail, and of the action that has been taken or is in progress.

Lieutenant-Colonel Heneage

When will it be possible to give to the Observer Corps the uniforms for which they have been asking so long?

Sir A. Sinclair

The question of the uniform is dealt with in the paper to which I referred.

Squadron-Leader Grant-Ferris

Is it not a fact that most of these men do not want uniforms?

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