HC Deb 26 March 1942 vol 378 cc2138-9
38. Captain Gammans

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make concerning the suggestion of many local authorities and others that a discipline code should be instituted for Civil Defence workers?

Mr. H. Morrison

Provision is made under the Defence Regulations for the punishment of members of those services who disobey lawful orders or without reasonable excuse are absent from their posts of duty. As at present advised, I do not think that any elaboration of the present disciplinary machinery is required.

Captain Gammans

Has not my right hon. Friend been asked by local authorities and also by the Civil Defence service itself to institute a disciplinary code which would be less cumbersome and more effective than the present procedure?

Mr. Morrison

Certain representations have been received. My impression is that Civil Defence workers generally are satisfied with the existing arrangements, and I do not think that anything more is required at the present time.

Mr. George Griffiths

Can the Home Secretary tell us the percentage of the representations made to him?

Mr. Morrison

I am afraid I do not know it.

Mr. Griffiths

It would be about one per cent., I expect.

Mr. Morrison