HC Deb 09 July 1942 vol 381 cc938-9
54. Mr. Wootton-Davies

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that they are many Civil servants whose duties will be of such importance during invasion that they cannot join the Home Guard on the basis that they should report within 48 hours and then be instructed by the military authorities whether to parade for military service or not; and whether he will consider allowing them to become available to the Home Guard to defend the building in which they are working if, and when, their Minister was of the opinion that it was no longer necessary or them to continue their civil duties and, preferable, that they should assist defensive operations?

Captain Crookshank

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave him on 2nd July. I am afraid that the suggestion contained in the second part of the Question is impracticable.

Mr. Wootton-Davies

Does not my right hon. Friend think that there is still very great confusion about this matter?

Captain Crookshank

I should have hoped that my previous reply would by, now have dissipated any confusion which exists.