HC Deb 13 June 1939 vol 348 cc1223-4

9.13 p.m.

Sir J. Anderson

I beg to move, in page 15, line 29, to leave out "shelter is not of the approved type," and insert proposals or requirements of the notice are not appropriate, or are not those. This Amendment is partly consequential, following upon the substitution of "approved shelter" for "approved type," and it also enlarges the opportunity of persons concerned to appeal against what is proposed. The original provision as to appeals was in narrower terms. The wider terms are thought to be desirable in order that the interest of occupiers of particular parts of a building may be protected. For example, it may be of real importance that an occupier on the top storey of a large commercial building should be in a position to represent that the shelter proposed to be provided in the basement would not be satisfactory from the point of view of his employés because, by the time his employés had got to the shelter, it would already be filled by employés in the intermediate floors. I submit that the Amendment is an improvement.

9.14 p.m.

Mr. Ede

It is clear that this is really more than a drafting Amendment, especially when it is read in conjunction with the Amendments made to Clause 15. When we were suggesting one of the Amendments it was suggested that I should find here grounds of appeal. It is quite true that there are grounds of appeal here, but the words as now introduced do not cover the points we were discussing. They do not cover the position when it is beyond the financial ability of the firm to carry out the requirements. The wider form of words employed here assists a larger number of people to secure protection, and we see no objection to the Amendment.

Amendment agreed to.