HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 c1541W
Major Markham

asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the low standard of organisation of the Home Guard in a certain county compared with adjacent counties; and whether he proposes to make changes in certain highly placed officers so as to secure more competent people in organising and administrative posts?

Mr. Sandys

The organisation of the Home Guard in the county to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers has recently been the subject of a special inquiry by the War Office and steps are being taken to effect improvements, where necessary.

Sir W. Davison

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that Home Guard volunteers detailed for duty on Saturdays and Sundays are unable to obtain from the railway companies the reduction in fares which is given to air-raid precautions and other workers employed in Civil Defence services; and whether steps will be taken to put members of the Home Guard on the same footing as air-raid precautions workers so far as railway fares are concerned?

Colonel Llewellin

The same reductions in fares as are given to Civil Defence workers are available to members of the Home Guard subject to the same conditions. If my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of any cases in which Home Guards have been unable to obtain the concession, I shall be pleased to make inquiries.