§ 10. Captain Alan Graham
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he can assure the House that, in view of its unique value as a national historical monument, every practicable step has been taken to safeguard, as far as possible from the risks of air-raid attack, the six-century-old wooden roof of Westminster Hall?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Mr. Mabane)
There are no practical protective measures which could be taken to safeguard the roof of Westminster Hall from the risk of damage by air-raid attack. There are adequate fire-fighting appliances in the immediate vicinity and, in the event of damage, such aid as is possible would be given by the fire-fighting staff, pending the arrival of the fire brigade.
§ Captain Graham
Has the Minister considered the use of non-inflammable paint 831 and also a metal trellis-work which would deflect bombs from the roof?
§ Mr. Mabane
I am informed that non-inflammable paint would not impregnate the wood effectively. In any case, the oak of which the roof is constructed is not easily inflammable.