HC Deb 27 June 1940 vol 362 cc600-1W
Sir Granville Gibson

asked the Postmaster-General to give a definite ruling on the question of whether Local Defence Volunteers' headquarters in all parts of the country are entitled to send out their official communications in envelopes carrying the stamp of the unit with the letters O.H.M.S. and without the use of postal revenue stamps?

Captain Waterhouse

No, Sir, they are not so entitled. I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 19th June by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the War Office to a Question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Henley (Sir G. Fox).

Major Carver

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can now make any further statement with regard to the recruitment of a horsed section of the Local Defence Volunteers?

Sir E. Grigg

Mounted detachments of Local Defence Volunteers are already formed or in process of formation where the conditions are appropriate.

Mr. Thurtle

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a man who won the Victoria Cross in the last war has been excluded from the Local Defence Volunteers on the ground that his parents were not British; and whether he will alter existing regulations in order that ex-service men who can show a record of satisfactory service in the war of 1914–18 may be accepted for service in the Local Defence Volunteers, even though their parents were not British subjects?

Sir E. Grigg

I am aware of the case to which my hon. Friend refers, and I will consider the suggestion which he makes.

Mr. G. Strauss

asked the Secretary of State for War why Mr. J. E. Welsh, a local councillor of Gloucester City and agent of the local Labour Party, having four years' experience in the Territorial Army, was dismissed from the Local Defence Volunteers on the ground of his politics; and whether there is any political or social ban on the membership of this body?

Sir E. Grigg

I will make inquiries and will write to my hon. Friend as soon as I can.