HC Deb 09 May 1944 vol 399 c1702
41. Colonel Burton

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is satisfied that in the event of nominated women in the Home Guard coming within enemy action or being captured by the enemy they are afforded sufficient evidence of their belligerency by the wearing of their plastic badge and the certificate that they are authorised to follow the Armed Forces of the Crown and thus be able to claim the protection afforded under Article 81 of the International Convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war.

Sir J. Grigg

Yes, Sir.

Colonel Burton

Having determined the degree of belligerency of these women, is it not possible to issue them with some kind of protection, such as tin hats and uniform?

Sir J. Grigg

I thought the purport of my answer was that the protection they already have is sufficient.