HC Deb 03 May 1939 vol 346 cc1867-8
71. Sir John Mellor

asked the Minister of Health whether he is now in a position to announce any alterations in the areas provisionally listed as evacuation, reception, and neutral.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. Bernays)

My right hon. Friend is not yet in a position to announce a decision on the points to which my hon. Friend refers, but he hopes to be able to do so in the near future.

Mr. Ede

Does that mean within the next 14 days?

Mr. Bernays

I could not give so specific a time as that, but my right hon. Friend will be making an early announcement.

Mr. Noel-Baker

In view of the very important duties which fall upon local authorities in this matter, will the Government treat this as a matter of great urgency so that local authorities may know where they are?

Mr. Bernays

The Government are treating this matter as one of great urgency, but, as the hon. Gentleman will realise, it is a very complex problem.

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