HC Deb 21 May 1946 vol 423 c184
74. Viscount Hinchingbrooke

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give instructions that so far' as military duties permit, troops stationed in Dorset shall render assistance to the local authority in the clearance of road blocks, barbed wire and shore defence works.

Mr. Bellenger

Local military commanders have already been instructed to use troops, so far as their military duties permit, in the clearance of defences and barbed wire no longer required. The local authorities in Dorset should make application for such military assistance to the local Military Commander at Headquarters, Salisbury Plain and Dorset District, Bulford, Wilts.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that they have done that without much success? Will he stimulate the local military commanders into a cooperative spirit?

Mr. Bellenger

I am sorry to hear that. Certainly the War Office will take action.

Mr. Bossom

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the same instruction was given to the military commanders in Kent, but it has not been carried out?

Mr. Tolley

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that these men are not general labourers, and this work should not be allocated to them?