HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 c638
35. Mr. R. Morgan

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction existing among the staff of many local inspectors' and collectors' offices of the Board of Inland Revenue, in view of the failure of his Department to provide blast-and splinter-proof accommodation for these staffs who are doing work of national importance; and whether he will take steps to see that work in connection with the provision of such shelters is carried out without undue delay, so as to ensure that all Government offices are provided with the same standard of protection as that provided by private employers?

Mr. Ramsbotham

No, Sir. So far from there having been undue delay, the work is well forward in all Crown buildings and in those buildings accommodating more than 50 staff which are the responsibility of my Department. In those buildings where the landlord is responsible under the Civil Defence Act there are still some schemes to complete and I am endeavouring to expedite matters. In addition, there are a number of smaller offices where no action is necessary under the Act, but where some measure of air raid protection is in hand or is being prepared.