HC Deb 22 April 1937 vol 322 cc1902-3
27. Sir Robert Rankin

asked the Home Secretary whether he can now state what will be the total estimated cost of the air-raid precautions scheme; and whether any decision has been reached as to how this cost should be allocated as between local authorities and the Treasury?

32. Mr. Brooke

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that many municipalities are not proceeding with the schemes required by the Air Raid Precautions Department on account of the uncertainty in regard to the propertion of cost to be borne by the national Exchequer; whether he can now make a statement as to the amount of charges which will be borne by the Government; and, if not, when is such information likely to be available?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

I am not at the moment in a position to add anything to the reply which I gave to a number of questions on this subject on 8th April.

Mr. Brooke

Can the hon. Gentleman say when he is likely to be in a position to make a statement?

Mr. Lloyd

My right hon. Friend promised on that occasion that he would make an early statement.

Captain Harold Balfour

Will the Home Office bear in mind the desirability of differentiating between areas on the vulnerable east coast where the cost per head is much greater and areas on the west coast where the cost per head is much less?