HC Deb 09 July 1942 vol 381 c945
63. Mr. Mander

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will state the present position with regard to the proposal that Voluntary Aid Detachment and Red Cross nurses should become Auxiliary Territorial Service nursing orderlies; and whether he will state the reasons for the change?

The Financial Secretary to the War Office (Mr. Sandys)

This question is under discussion between the War Office and the voluntary organisations concerned. My right hon. Friend hopes shortly to be in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Mander

Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the very strong feeling throughout the country on this subject, and will he bear that in mind in coming to any decision?

Mr. Lipson

Will my hon. Friend take note of the fact that the uncertainty about the position is having a very disturbing effect, and will he see that a decision is arrived at very soon?

Mr. Sandys

Yes, Sir, discussions are going on at this moment.