HC Deb 25 June 1917 vol 95 c14
27. Sir G. TOUCHE

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that almost from the commencement of the War it has been customary to give notice to the Metropolitan electricity works of expected air raids between the hours of an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise, but that, since daylight raids by aeroplanes have been adopted by the enemy, warning has not been given till bombs commence to fall; is he aware that, in reply to inquiries, generating stations have been informed that they are only on the night list of calls; will he consider the desirability of giving warnings of possible raids to electricity works at all times during the day as well as during the night, having regard to the fact that there are a far greater number of employés on the premises during the day than at night time; and will he say whether the Metropolitan Police authorities have been in communication with the military authorities on the question of the issue of instructions concerning notices of daylight raids, and, if so, with what result?


A warning has been given, as stated, of expected raids during the hours of darkness. Conditions by day are dissimilar, but if power undertakings desire the official air-raid warnings communicated to their works by day, their applications will be considered.

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