HC Deb 01 December 1937 vol 329 c2078
76. Mr. Garro Jones

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can give assurances that the destruction or failure of one or more power stations would not destroy the ventilation system of the underground railways for use as non-electrical transport routes or as shelters; and whether plans are prepared to give effect to these potential uses of the underground routes?

Mr. Burgin

I am well aware of the importance of these matters. As regards the possibility of using underground railways as public shelters, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department gave to the hon. Member for South Islington (Mr. Cluse) on 28th October.

Mr. Garro Jones

Why cannot the Minister reply to the first part of my question? Is he not able to give me a specific reply to it? Is he not confusing the public interest with the Government interest in hiding their neglect in not taking these precautions?