HC Deb 03 July 1940 vol 362 cc828-9
35. Mr. Rowlands

asked the Home Secretary whether recent happenings have confirmed his opinion that strips of paper on windows reduce accidents from broken glass during air raids; and, if so, whether he will take the necessary steps to prevent the continued insertion in the Press of statements that paper on glass is useless?

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

As indicated in various publications issued by my Department, certain forms of adhesive treatments on glass provide some protection against distant effects of bombs, but it is clearly indicated that if paper is used, it must be thick and tough, and must be applied with proper adhesives. Thin papers applied in strips are not recommended as an effective means of reducing accidents. While experience up to the present is limited, there is no reason to doubt the advice given on this matter by my Department. A watch is kept on the accuracy of statements in the Press relating to air-raid precautions, and if my hon. Friend has in mind statements in advertisements, arrangements have been made for a voluntary censorship.

Mr. Shinwell

Have not the Home Department knowledge of the right kind of paper to be used, and cannot they acquaint manufacturers with their experience and knowledge so that householders may have this means of protection?

Mr. Mabane

There is no need to do so. The right kind of paper is readily available.

Mr. Rowlands

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that a certain Sunday paper has printed lessons on air raids, and that one of the lessons stated that paper upon glass is useless during air raids?

Mr. Mabane

Statements of that kind are carefully watched. Thin paper is not much good, but tough, thick paper properly applied is of use.