HC Deb 25 May 1939 vol 347 cc2487-8
41. Mr. Silkin

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he is aware of the confusion and uncertainty among local authorities as to the Government's attitude towards the erection of underground shelters having a peace time use such as car-parks; that, as a result, a number of local authorities are refraining from submitting schemes to protect the civilian population until the Government's position is made clear; and whether he will make a statement now or in the near future making quite clear what is the Government's attitude to the provision of underground car-parks which can be used as shelters in time of war?

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer the hon. Member to the terms of the Clause dealing with the subject of underground car parks which was incorporated in the Civil Defence Bill in Committee last night. I think the terms of that Clause will make sufficiently clear the facilities which the Government are prepared to give for the purpose and the conditions under which these facilities can be secured.

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