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Parachutists And Gliders
04 June 1940
Volume 361

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he intends to organise a corps of parachutists and gliders?

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Recent operations are being carefully studied by my Department in order to decide what, if any, changes in the organisation of the Army are required. It would not be in the national interest to make any further announcement at this stage.

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Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that operations of this kind have been in process of experiment in other countries for many years; and is this the first time that they have come under the study of the British War Office?

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I never said that. The hon. Gentleman is reading into my words what I have not stated.

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Fifth column.

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I am asking the right hon. Gentleman whether this form of warfare, which has been experimented on by foreign armies over the last three years, has been equally studied by the British War Office?

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The reply which I made, referred to recent operations and it is those recent operations, which are a new development of a method practised before, which are now being studied.

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On a point of Order. Is it in order for a Member of this House when another Member is asking a Supplementary Question, to refer to him as "Fifth column"?

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I should say, certainly not.

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May I draw your attention, Sir, to the fact that two voices at the other end of the Chamber uttered those words?