HC Deb 06 April 1938 vol 334 c344
52. Colonel Nathan

asked the Minister of Transport what steps are being taken to ensure the immediate and adequate repair of roads in the event of their being damaged by air raids?

Mr. Burgin

Local authorities, who are primarily responsible for the repair of roads, have been advised that this is one of the matters which should receive attention in their air-raid precautions schemes. The engineering staff of my Department will assist in case of need.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to issue a letter to public utility companies and to passenger transport authorities, so that they can, without any further delay, co-operate with local air-raid precautions committees in drafting their schemes?

Mr. Burgin

There is much co-operation already. I am not sure whether any instruction from me is required. The matter is primarily under the Home Office, as the hon. Member knows, but I do not think that there is any cause for misgiving as to the extent of mutual co-operation.

Colonel Nathan

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how the official responsibility in this matter is divided between the Home Office and the Ministry of Transport?

Mr. Burgin

I think the prime responsibility for air-raid precautions must necessarily be a matter for the Home Office. I have no doubt that there is the closest co-operation with the public utilities to be protected, and that is a matter which primarily falls under my Department. There is the closest working co-operation, and I do not think that the hon. and gallant Member need be concerned on that side of the matter.