§ Mr. Malcolm MacMillan
asked the Secretary of State for War whether it is now intended to equip officers and section leaders of the Home Guard with sub- 224W machine guns, in view of the fact that Nazi parachute troops are generally equipped with these weapons?
§ Sir H. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for War whether, in the event of members of the Home Guard being on continuous duty for a substantial period, they will be accorded the same protection in respect of the restoration of their employment as they would enjoy had they been called up under the Military Service Act?
§ Mr. Law
The provisions as to reinstatement in civil employment which are contained in Section 14 of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act, 1939, are based on the principle that compulsory reinstatement should apply to men compulsorily called from employment for whole-time service in the Forces. The Defence Regulations under which the Home Guard is established provide that members of the Force shall not be required to give whole-time service, the object being to enable Home Guards to carry out their duties without cessation of their civil employment.
§ Sir C. Rawson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether consideration is being given to the question of providing thicker clothing and overcoats for the Home Guard during the winter nights, as the great proportion of these volunteers are at business in the daytime and the existing thin material is already inadequate for night duty?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Acland-Troyte
asked the Secretary of State for War what the approximate cost will be of supplying new armbands, etc., to the Home Guard in consequence of changing their name from the Local Defence Volunteers; and whether, in view of this expense, he will reconsider this decision?