HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 cc2379-80
24. Sir Douglas Hacking

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is yet in a position to announce his rifle club scheme for Home Guard units after disbandment.

Sir J. Grigg

Yes, Sir. The formation of rifle clubs for members of the Home Guard is being entrusted to County Territorial Army Associations, who will work out schemes suitable for their own areas, and who will control the loan of weapons and the issue of ammunition. An instruction setting out the principles on which the clubs are to be organized has been sent to the Associations.

Sir D. Hacking

Does the control of munitions and weapons mean that they will loan weapons?

Sir J. Grigg

Control the loan of weapons. They will loan weapons.

Lieut.-Commander Joynson-Hicks

Will this enable Home Guard detachments who stand down on 3rd December to form clubs straight away?

Sir J. Grigg

I should have thought so.