HC Deb 05 August 1943 vol 391 c2457
58. Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore

asked the President of the Board of Trade why he has decided to deduct four coupons from each member of the Home Guard in respect of his Home Guard uniform?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade (Captain Waterhouse)

At this time of the year, my right hon. Friend reviews, in conjunction with the other Ministers concerned, all the arrangements for the surrender of coupons by civilian wearers of uniform. No decision has been taken to withdraw coupons from the Home Guard.

Sir T. Moore

When this matter is being considered, as I understand it is being, will my hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind that such a mean proposal would arouse intense resentment throughout the whole of the Home Guard? Why should any additional burden be placed upon those who give such great service and receive so little consideration?

Captain Waterhouse

I have just informed my hon. and gallant Friend that no decision has been taken, and therefore there is no question of an additional burden.

Sir T. Moore

Will my hon. and gallant Friend bear in mind the consideration which I have now put to him?

Captain Waterhouse

It will be borne in mind.

Mr. Driberg

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman going to try to get away with it in the Recess, in the hope that it will be forgotten when the House reassembles?