HC Deb 02 July 1940 vol 362 c659
38. Mr. David Adams

asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied that adequate military protection against sabotage and also attacks in force by the enemy is now afforded to all important reservoirs and waterworks of the country?

Mr. Eden

I have been asked to reply. My hon. Friend will appreciate that it is not possible for me to deal in public with detailed questions of national defence.

Mr. Adams

May one take it that the protection desired will be afforded promptly?

Mr. Eden

The hon. Gentleman may take it that we have not overlooked this matter.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is great anxiety among public utility undertakings in regard to this matter; and if I brought to his notice cases in which undertakings were said to be not adequately protected, would he have them looked into?

Mr. Eden

I cannot allow this matter to pass without making it clear to the House that the defence of the country is dependent upon such things as mobility, which may not be always apparent.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I, for one, have sent in requests several times in respect to this matter, and am very concerned about it?