HC Deb 09 October 1939 vol 352 c25
54. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is still the Government's policy that there shall be no household shelters on sale in highly vulnerable areas until the free distribution is completed in areas which arc in little or no danger?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Mr. Lennox Boyd)

The distribution of free domestic shelters by the Government is being made to those areas which are regarded as vulnerable and have, accordingly, been specified for shelter purposes under the Civil Defence Act; and my hon. Friend is also under a misapprehension in suggesting that we propose to wait until that distribution is completed before putting shelters on sale. The position as regards the distribution of shelters for purchase was fully set out by my right hon. Friend in answer to questions by the hon. Members for Romford (Mr. Parker) and Lewisham, West (Mr. Brooke) on 1st August and 26th September respectively, to which I would refer my hon. Friend.

Mr. G. Griffiths

The Minister did not see many of these shelters in Yorkshire the other day, did he?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

A very considerable number.

Mr. Griffiths

Not in our place.