HC Deb 06 June 1940 vol 361 cc976-7
25. Commander Locker-Lampson

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the best observation is usually done from heights, he will give instructions to all local authorities in charge of essential buildings to mount permanent observation guards on roofs, church towers, and similar points of vantage, and not to leave them as most air-raid precautions elements now are, in cellars underground?

Sir J. Anderson

If my hon. and gallant Friend refers to observation for the purpose of giving warning of the approach of hostile aircraft, the answer to his Question is that the air-raid warning system is not dependent on the vigilance of air-raid wardens or members of other Civil Defence services posted in protected positions at or below ground level.

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is anybody on the roof of the House of Commons?