§ 61. Mr. Wedgwood
asked the Home Secretary whether, as anti-Nazi women aliens of German-Jewish origin are now being admitted on like terms with the British to the ranks of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, he will now also admit approved cases to enter the air-raid precautions services, and inform local authorities accordingly?
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Mr. Mabane)
Local authorities are aware of the terms on which aliens can be admitted to the Civil Defence services. In certain of the services it is important that only persons who are in no sense strangers and are acceptable to their fellows should be chosen; but, subject to the general instructions issued by my Department, the selection of particular individuals is always a matter for the local authority.
§ Mr. Wedgwood
Am I to gather from the hon. Gentleman's reply that the Home Office are making no change, in spite of the fact that the Army have changed their attitude? In view of the changed attitude of the Army, will the Home Office also consider changing their attitude?
§ Miss Rathbone
In view of the great uncertainty among the women concerned as to what they may or may not do, and the difference in practice in different localities, could the hon. Gentleman issue some Press statement, or in some way make known, what, broadly speaking, subject to individual choice, are the opportunities open to such women?
§ Mr. Mabane
I think that the local authorities should be clear, but if there is any doubt, I shall be glad to take the matter up with any local authority concerned.