HC Deb 28 February 1938 vol 332 cc740-1
39. Mr. Tinker

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence what provision he is making to deal with burning pit-heaps so as to prevent enemy aircraft having beacon marks to make to in the event of hostilities arising with other nations?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir Samuel Hoare)

I have been asked to reply. A considerable amount of work is being done on methods of controlling burning pit-heaps, as a peace-time problem; and the position will be kept under review with the air-raid precautions aspects in mind.

Mr. G. Griffiths

Can the right hon. Gentleman tell us where this considerable work is being done? I have been putting questions to the chief of police in the West Riding and, as far as I can find out, nothing is being done. In fact, I believe that the opinion is held that nothing can be done unless these heaps are cleared away altogether.

Sir S. Hoare

That is not my information. If the hon. Member will put down another question I will see what answer can be given to it.