§ 9. Sir I. Fraser
asked the Secretary of State for War to make a statement on the progress of recruiting for the Home Guard.
28. Mr. Baker White
asked the Secretary of State for War when he will make known to local headquarters the system of operation of the Home Guard Reserve Roll.
§ 42. Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War, in view of the substantial expenditure of £835,000 on the Home Guard, to give further details of how this money has been spent.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is not the Minister aware that this is an enormous sum of money to spend on a scheme which has had such meagre results? Is he further aware of the strong criticism of this scheme in the Conservative Press, and that one of the Tory evening papers has said that the Home Guard would be better employed on the allotments? Would not the right hon. Gentlemen consider delegating some of the duties of the Home Guard to the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides?
§ Mr. Shinwell
But is the right hon. Gentleman aware that so far as the majority of people on this side of the House are concerned there is no criticism of the Home Guard principle as such, but that our criticism has been directed to the premature creation of the Home Guard and the absence of effective preparation and planning?
§ Mr. Head
When the Home Guard Bill reached its Third Reading in the House, I was given very strong assurances from hon. Members on the Front Bench opposite and elsewhere that they would support it to the utmost and would help recruitment to it in their constituencies. I have had nothing like that support, I regret to say, but rather the reverse, and to that extent I am disappointed.