§ 51. Lieut.-Colonel Heneage
asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether the defence of agricultural districts, such as Lincolnshire, against attacks by aeroplanes with incendiary and poisonous gas bombs is being taken into account; and whether the necessary action is being taken?
§ Sir T. Inskip
Schemes of air raid precautions are being prepared for agricultural districts as for other parts of the country, and special investigations are being made into the problems of contamination of crops and measures of decontamination and preservation in so far as they may be possible. As regards incendiary attack from the air, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the reply given by the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department to my hon. Friend the Member for Norwood (Mr. Sandys) on 9th February. The grant of assistance to local fire brigade authorities towards the provision of emergency appliances and personnel will be based upon the state of local emergency fire brigade schemes and their urgency.