HC Deb 07 February 1938 vol 331 cc668-9
46. Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the importance of and the heavy work involved in the organisation of air-raid precautions throughout the country, he will consider the delegation of these duties to a member of the Government who shall give his whole time to them; and, if no such member be available, he will invite Parliament to make provision for an additional Minister?

The Prime Minister

I agree with my hon. Friend as to the importance and difficulty of this subject, but, apart from other advantages, the present arrangement, which was settled after full consideration, facilitates co-ordination with other related subjects, such as police and fire brigades, which come within the province of the Home Secretary. As my hon. Friend is aware, the Air-Raid Precautions Department of the Home Office has recently been greatly strengthened and reorganised; the work of putting the Air-Raid Precautions Act into operation is proceeding steadily and close relations are being established between the Home Secretary and local authorities. In these circumstances, I should be most reluctant to impede the progress of the work by a further reorganisation such as would be involved in my hon. Friend's suggestion.

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