52. Mr. W. Joseph Stewart
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements are being made for the defence of the North-East Coast against air raids or bombardment in the event of war?
§ The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Mr. W. S. Morrison)
It would not be in the public interest to disclose the character or extent of preparations for the defence of particular localities.
While it may not be in the public interest to give this information, is it not a matter of interest to those who are domiciled on this coastline to know that something is being done in the event of war? Are the Government doing anything to afford protection to these people against air raids or against bombardment from the sea?
§ Mr. Morrison
The hon. Member may rest assured that appropriate steps are being taken and dispositions made according to the circumstances of each case.
§ Mr. Gallacher
Is it not the case that it is not desirable to make a statement on the protection that is being provided because in many cases no protection is being provided?