HC Deb 13 February 1941 vol 368 cc1510-1
74. Mr. Lindsay

asked the Home Secretary what steps he is taking to encourage the formation of Civil Defence Cadet Units, on the lines of the Liverpool unit now officially recognised by his Department?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend will be happy to consider the recognition of Corps of this type which are reported to him by Regional Commissioners as being efficient and an additional and necessary source of strength to a Civil Defence organisation. Local conditions vary so greatly, however, that he is not satisfied that steps should be taken to encourage the formation of such Corps where no local demand has arisen. I hope, however, that the publicity given to this reply will show those contemplating local Corps that he is in full sympathy with proposals of this character provided they improve the efficiency of the Civil Defence Services in their particular localities.

Mr. Lindsay

May I ask the Home Secretary to give a little more encouragement to this very promising movement, in the same way as the Secretary of State for Air has done with the new Air Training Corps? It does need inspiration from the top.

Sir Francis Fremantle

Will the hon. Gentleman also work this system in conjunction with the extremely good system of service squads now being introduced by educational authorities?