HC Deb 11 September 1942 vol 383 cc519-20
42. Sir T. Moore

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many whole-time or part-time members of the Civil Defence services have been released up to 31st August; and how many have joined the Home Guard?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Miss Wilkinson)

It is not desirable to publish the numbers of releases from whole-time Civil Defence service. No figures are available to show how many of the men released have since enrolled in the Home Guard. I hesitate to put local authorities to the trouble of compiling returns to show in how "many cases they have agreed to serving part-time personnel being also enrolled in the Home Guard. Owing to depletion of whole-time strength, increasing reliance has to be placed upon part-time service. Release from whole-time service in Civil Defence is therefore usually conditional upon the individual's giving part-time service. In many areas, however, recruits for the Home Guard are acceptable only if they sever their connection with Civil Defence.

Sir T. Moore

While I realise the difficulty of giving these figures, are my hon. Friend and her Department satisfied that this process is proceeding satisfactorily?

Miss Wilkinson

It is under constant revision, and, as far as anything in these circumstances can be satisfactory, we are reasonably well satisfied.

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