HC Deb 09 November 1939 vol 353 cc399-400
66. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that 12 motor coaches, with drivers, requisitioned for ambulance work have been standing in the roadway opposite a North London town hall since 1st September; and will he consider whether, in this and similar cases, some less expensive arrangement can be made?

Mr. Elliot

I am keeping the question of the modification of arrangements for dealing with possible air raid casualties under constant review and am at present considering the possibility of releasing a proportion of the motor coaches which have been converted for use as ambulances.

Mr. Morrison

Could not the right hon. Gentleman make some less expensive arrangement than that of having a long line of motor coaches standing by, night and day, with their drivers, in the roadway in some cases within 50 yards of a garage?

Mr. Elliot

If adequate measures are not taken for the London population in the case of air raids, it is I who will be held responsible, and I must keep that always under consideration in connection with the facilities arranged for dealing with London sick or casualties.