HC Deb 07 December 1938 vol 342 cc1164-5
43. Mr. Crowder

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the subways which the Ministry has asked the Middlesex County Council to construct, in co-operation, under the North Circular Road, he would state what would be the measurements of such subways; and the estimated maximum sheltering accommodation which such subways could provide?

Mr. Burgin

The Middlesex County Council has not come to any decision about the construction of subways under the North Circular Road, and as no plans have been prepared, I am not at the moment in a position to give any measurements.

Mr. Crowder

If these subways are provided, will my right hon. Friend consider having them so constructed that they can easily be converted into effective air-raid shelters?

Lieut.-Colonel Sir A. Lambert Ward

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the design of a subway and the design of an underground shelter are so totally different that it is almost impossible to have one design which would be suitable for both?

Mr. Burgin

A question of underground shelters is obviously one which should go to my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal, but I am perfectly willing to consider that aspect of the matter when the plans are submitted.

Mr. Lawson

Is there any policy upon underground shelters in the London area? If not, when shall we have a decision?

Mr. Burgin

Underground shelters in the London area have certainly nothing, to do with the Ministry of Transport?