§ THE DUKE OF SUTHERLAND
asked His Majesty's Government whether, at the present stage of the war, it is necessary that such a large expenditure should be continued in regard to the coast guard system, which is at present operating round the coasts of England and Scotland; and whether such a highly-paid and complete organization is still needed in view of the necessity of reducing expenditure as the end of the war comes in sight.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY (LORD BRUNTISFIELD)
Since D-Day it has been found possible to reduce the strength of the coast guards from 6,000 to about 3,700. It will be the policy of the Departments concerned progressively, to reduce the numbers as and when circumstances permit, but it must be borne in mind that for some time to come it will be necessary to maintain the coast guard service at a strength sufficient to guard effectively against the dangers of drifting mines.
House adjourned at twenty-three minutes before four o'clock.