HC Deb 18 March 1937 vol 321 cc2236-7
20. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated cost to local authorities of the air raid precautions designed by the Home Office to be carried out by them; whether it is intended that the cost should fall upon the rates; and, if not, what contribution towards the cost it is proposed should be provided out of the Home Office Vote?

24. Sir William Jenkins

asked the Home Secretary what proportion of the expenditure incurred by county councils in the anti-air raid precautions will be borne by the State?

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

The whole question of the cost of air raid precautions together with that of the financial responsibility for their execution is at present under active examination. In these circumstances my hon. Friend will understand that I am not yet in a position to make a statement in the matter.

37. Captain Arthur Evans

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consult with the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence, the Air Ministry, and the Ministry of Transport with a view to considering plans for the building of underground air raid shelters in London and elsewhere, which in times of peace can be used as permanent parking centres, and so encourage the early construction of such conveniences under the Ribbon Development Act, 1935.

Mr. Lloyd

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave to a question by the hon. Member for Rom-ford (Mr. Parker) on 17th February. I hope to be in a position to make information on the subject available shortly.

Captain Evans

Is it the particular suggestion contained in the question which is under review, or are the Government considering the erection of air raid shelters as such?

Mr. Lloyd

Both suggestions are under consideration, and in particular that referred to in the question.