HC Deb 01 December 1937 vol 329 cc2051-2
18 and 19. Mr. Ralph Beaumont

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty (r) whether he has under consideration the construction of bomb-proof shelters in the Royal Dockyards and other establishments in case of emergency;

(2) whether he is considering the construction of bomb-proof shelters in the naval barracks, in view of the probable concentration in the barracks of large numbers of men in time of emergency?

Mr. Cooper

For some time past the Admiralty have devoted their attention to the problem of protecting personnel in all naval establishments against the effects of bombing attacks, but I am sure that my hon. Friend will not wish to press for details of the measures which are contemplated.

Mr. Beaumont

Can the Minister assure the House that every step possible will be taken to avoid a repetition of the disastrous occurrences in the last War at Chatham?

Mr. Cooper

Every step will be taken which is considered advisable and desirable.

Mr. Ede

Will the Minister consider taking the whole Board of Admiralty into the shell factory that is being tested?

Mr. R. Acland

If the Minister cannot give the details, will he be in a position to give at some time the expense of the scheme?

Mr. Cooper

I am not in a position to do so at present, but I might be later on.

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