asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what scheme is in existence for training volunteers in bomb disposal in addition to the other forms of Civil Defence; and to whom should one apply.
Bomb disposal is at present a responsibility of the Army and not of the Civil Defence organisation. The responsibility for this work in any future war is being considered.
Does the Minister realise that in the last war many men were trained in bomb disposal but are now too old for active service? Could not their experience be used in Civil Defence?
That is one of the factors which is being considered.
Can the hon. Gentleman say when consideration will result in a decision?
No, I cannot, but meanwhile the Army is responsible and they would do it as well as they did it last time.