HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 c1785
10. Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for War why restrictions have been imposed on the liberty of A.T.S. personnel to smoke when off duty.

Sir J. Grigg

A memorandum was recently issued which was intended to amplify the section in A.T.S. Regulations of 1941 'which lays down that "smoking in the street is forbidden," The object of this regulation was to ensure that the appearance of the auxiliaries did credit to their Service. Whether this object can best be secured by detailed instructions, or by relying on the good sense of the auxiliaries is a matter of opinion.

Mr. Driberg

Would it not be better to rely on their good sense and discretion, as in the case of the other women's Services?

Sir J. Grigg

I had hoped I had so drafted my answer, that a wink would be as good as a nod to the hon. Member.

Mr. Shinwell

Why should there be any discrimination between men and women in. the Forces as regards smoking in the street? Why do not the Government get on with the war, instead of indulging in these pettifogging regulations?

Sir J. Grigg

The regulations were made in 1941, and the hon. Gentleman's question might have been more properly addressed to my predecessor.

Mr. Shinwell

Does that mean that because regulations were made in 1941, the right hon. Gentleman discards his responsibility in the matter? Is he not Secretary of State for War, and was he not in fact responsible for administration a the War Office at that time?

Sir J. Grigg

I am quite clear that it would be in accordance with the general sense of the public, that A.T.S. should not wander about the streets smoking.

Hon. Members


Commander Locker-Lampson

Is not the cigarette a social solvent, and should it not be encouraged?