HC Deb 15 March 1939 vol 345 cc413-4
85. Mr. Leonard

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether his guidance from air-raid precautions experts supports the contention that during an air-raid the safest people in Glasgow would be those living in the old.strongly-built type of tenement, and that probably the safest places to go into in an air raid would be the closes of those tenements; and will be make a statement?

Captain Dugdale (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend is advised that tenement closes of the type which are common in Glasgow would, if suit ably strengthened and adapted, offer a useful contribution to the problem of providing protection for the inhabitants of the city; and he has no doubt that the city authorities will take proper account of the possibilities so offered.

Mr. Leonard

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman bear "in mind that there are thousands of tenements in Glasgow not capable of bearing any concussion at all in case of war, and that the suggestion contained in this question should not be allowed to undermine the obvious pro vision for evacuation and deep shelters in these localities?