HC Deb 16 June 1942 vol 380 cc1362-3
16. Mr. Touche

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that members of mobile units of the Voluntary Aid Detachment are greatly assisted in their duties by the respect felt for the uniform of the British Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance; and whether this factor will be taken into consideration before any decision is made to deprive them of such uniform?

Sir J. Grigg

Yes, Sir. This factor will certainly be taken into consideration.

Mr. Touche

In view of the obvious disadvantages of abolishing this uniform, will my right hon. Friend say what are the advantages?

Sir J. Grigg

Not in reply to a Parliamentary Question; it would take much longer than that.

Captain Godfrey Nicholson

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the consternation caused by this proposal, and will he receive representations on the subject?

Sir J. Grigg

I am well aware that it has aroused a good deal of feeling?

Captain Nicholson

Will my right hon. Friend receive representations on the subject?

Sir J. Grigg

The War Office have arranged to receive official representations from the Red Cross and Order of St. John.

Earl Winterton

Will my right hon. Friend receive a deputation from a number of Members in different parts of the House who are seriously concerned about this matter?

Sir J. Grigg

I think that it will be better to wait until we see the result of the discussions between the Red Cross and the War Office. If after that there is a desire for a deputation, I will certainly receive one.