HC Deb 14 October 1941 vol 374 cc1227-8
16. Mr. Tinker

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the feeling of all ranks against saluting when off duty or travelling; and will he consider some modification of the present system of saluting;?

Captain Margesson

I am not aware of any feeling among officers or men against saluting when off duty or travelling, and I see no reason to modify the present regulations.

Mr. Tinker

Evidently the Minister does not visit the same places as I do, because if he did he would realise that there is grave discontent existing among private soldiers. I have seen officers turn away to avoid embarrassing the men, and if the Minister makes inquiries, he will find that what I say is true.

Captain Margesson

It is conceivable that there may be cases to which my hon. Friend has had his attention drawn, but in the main I do not believe there is any grave discontent.

Mr. Wedgwood

If my right hon. and gallant Friend will look at Shirer's "Berlin Diary," he will see the changes which have taken place in the relations between officers and men in the Services in Germany.

Captain Margesson

I am reading the book at the moment.