HC Deb 01 May 1952 vol 499 cc117-8W
119. Mr. Ian Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for War what steps have been taken to ensure that where Civil Defence and Home Guard are called upon to perform similar duties they are trained according to a common doctrine.

Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison

Home Guard training in Civil Defence duties will be in accordance with the Civil Defence Manual of Basic Training, Volume II, pamphlets 1–6, on which the Army Training Manuals now being revised will be based. It is also intended that there shall be the closest possible co-operation between the Home Guard and the Civil Defence forces locally, and it is expected that it will often be possible to make local arrangements for this side of the Home Guard training to be carried out by Civil Defence instructors. There is no question of the Civil Defence organisation carrying out duties similar to those of the Home Guard.