§ 28. Mr. Glenvil Hall
asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that an unpaid volunteer section leader in the 1518 Cambridge air-raid precautions service has been dismissed from the service without being told the charges made or given an opportunity to meet them; and whether he will instruct the local authority to hold an immediate public investigation into all the circumstances?
§ Mr. H. Morrison
The engagement and termination of the services of Civil Defence volunteers is a matter for the local authority concerned and one in which in ordinary circumstances I am not prepared to intervene.
§ Mr. Hall
Is my right hon. Friend aware of the very exceptional circumstances connected with this case, that a good deal of feeling has been shown in Cambridge on the matter and that I am informed that the local medical officer of health acted on a misconception of the facts? Cannot my right hon. Friend make representations to the local authority to hold an inquiry?
§ Mr. Morrison
It is a question of the relative importance of a Minister's duties, and unless a case is really such that it indicates that the administration of a local authority in that respect is fundamentally bad, I really think it best that the local people should settle the problem themselves.