HC Deb 19 April 1955 vol 540 c20
35. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Secretary of State for War what representations have been made to his Department during the past two years by the Electrical Trades Union or any other trades union concerning the use of Royal Corps of Signals units of the Territorial Army at agricultural and similar shows.

Mr. F. Maclean

As my right hon. Friend explained on 5th April, our policy is that troops and equipment should only be used for this kind of work if it has real training value. The kind of work referred to by my hon. Friend has practically no training value and is, therefore, not normally carried out by Royal Signals units. There have, however, been one or two cases in which help has been given by units because of a misunderstanding of the rules. These have led to one complaint by a trade union during the last two years.