HC Deb 29 July 1938 vol 338 cc3492-3
27. Mr. Thorne

asked the Home Secretary what action is taken by the chief of the Metropolitan police to protect the people when property is being demolished in the various parts of the Metropolitan police area?

Earl Winterton

The Metropolitan Police have no special statutory duties in connection with demolitions, nor have they any instructions specifically relating to demolitions as such. They are, however, instructed wherever buildings or structures appear to be in a dangerous condition to warn any occupants, to prevent pedestrians from passing near, and where necessary to divert traffic.

Mr. Thorne

Is the noble lord aware that a woman was killed in consequence of a hoarding not being properly protected; and surely somebody is responsible in such cases?

Earl Winterton

If the hon. Member has in mind the recent case in Newport, the circumstances there are quite different. There are no regulations, I understand, in that particular place such as exist in London in regard to the demolition of buildings.