§ 35. Sir I. Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for War if he will make a statement as to his plans for the setting up of a Home Guard.
§ Sir I. Fraser
In view of the Prime Minister's recent appeal for recruits for the Civil Defence services, will the right hon. Gentleman take into account with the Home Secretary that very many middle-aged ex-Service men may think that their best services would be in a Home Guard, and that some co-ordination of the recruiting for services of this kind is in the public interest?
§ Mr. Strachey
I quite agree; and the earlier statement did say we must consult with the other Departments concerned before we could make a statement on this matter. It will be made.
§ Major Legge-Bourke
How long is Civil Defence to have complete priority in recruiting from those who will not be called up for Regular service or for National Service? Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that the longer he leaves it, the more uncertainty there will be and the less likelihood that Civil Defence will get into its stride?
§ Mr. J. Langford-Holt
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that his last reply was given three months ago? Has no progress been made since that date?