HC Deb 08 June 1939 vol 348 c619W
Mr. W. Robinson

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware that men who have been enrolled as and appointed air-raid wardens in Felixstowe have been persuaded to join the special constabulary of the county, and in cases where the air-raid wardens have been unwilling to do this they have been informed that the authorities have no further use for their services as wardens; whether this is the general practice in the area covered by the Suffolk Constabulary and in other areas; and has it received his approval?

Sir J. Anderson

In East Suffolk the wardens' service is under the control of the Chief Constable, and he has formed it from his special constabulary by seconding those who are to be wardens for duty as such and not giving them training as police. This is not a general practice, but it appears to operate satisfactorily in this county. I am informed that the Chief Constable has dispensed with the services of certain of the wardens at Felixstowe who have failed to attend the course of instruction for wardens.