HC Deb 18 November 1936 vol 317 cc1789-90
60. Major STOURTON

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether his attention has been drawn to the increasing vulnerability of Greater London in the event of national emergency, due to the expansion in the number of factories in that area and the growth of concentrated population; and if, in view of the risk of the paralysis of distribution of food supplies and the destruction of these factories by air attack, the Government will introduce legislation to prohibit the building of factories within a wide radius of Greater London?

The MINISTER for the CO-ORDINATION of DEFENCE (Sir Thomas Inskip)

The Government fully appreciate the disadvantages, from the point of view of defence, of the great aggregation of industry and population in the London area, and they have the issues consequent upon the present state of affairs under close consideration.


Is my right hon. Friend aware that legislation to deal with this important subject is long overdue?

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