HC Deb 12 June 1945 vol 411 c1441
14. Mr. Burke

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that many members of Home Guard rifle clubs are finding the cost of .303 ammunition a great financial burden, especially when the cost of travelling to and from the range involves further considerable expense; and will he consider the matter with a view to reducing this charge.

Sir J. Griģģ

The price of this ammunition charged to members of Home Guard rifle clubs represents its cost to the State. Generally speaking, I see no grounds for reducing this charge, but a free issue of a limited quantity of .303 ammunition is being made available to members of Home Guard rifle clubs during the current year for competition shooting.

Mr. Burke

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that some of these men have to pay as much as 3s. to travel to the range, and in the case of family men, as most of these men are, it means a very considerable financial burden? If the State wants to encourage them ought it not to give some financial help?

Sir J. Griģģ

This is a matter which might be considered in conjunction with the organisation of the post-war Army.