HC Deb 24 October 1944 vol 404 cc1-2
4. Mr. Jewson

asked the Secretary of State for War whether Home Guards will be allowed to retain their leather belts.

The Secretary of State for War (Sir James Grigg)

As I said in my answer announcing what items of clothing and equipment members of the Home Guard would be allowed to retain the decision was taken in the light of an up-to-date assessment of the supply position. Leather, as my hon. Friend is aware, is very short and these belts are needed for a definite military commitment overseas.

Mr. Cocks

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the modern view is that the children should not be chastised in this way, even by Home Guards?

Sir J. Grigg

I had not thought of that.

5. Sir Douglas

Hacking asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent service respirators are to be withdrawn from the Home Guard; to whom they will be reissued; and what form of respirators will replace those withdrawn from the Home Guard.

Sir J. Grigg

This matter is under consideration. The decision will depend on the operational situation at the time when the Home Guard is stood down.