HC Deb 15 October 1940 vol 365 cc591-2
40. Mr. Maclean

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the possibility and danger of buildings either of white stone or other light material or those painted white acting as guides to enemy aeroplanes, particularly on moonlight nights; and whether he has discussed with the firms or individuals owning those buildings the advisability of having them camouflaged with dark paint?

Mr. Mabane

As I am sure the House will realise, it is not desirable to make public details of the policy adopted by the Government for camouflage, but I am communicating with the hon. Member on the points he raises.

Mr. Davidson

Will the hon. Gentleman keep in mind the fact that many air-raid shelters, particularly in Scotland, have been built with white concrete roofs; and will he take steps to see that that is changed?

Mr. Mabane

Attention has been drawn to that matter.

Mr. Thorne

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that I have seen big white motor wagons—as white as snow—running about in London?

Mr. Mabane

It does not follow that the Germans saw them.

Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that there is one large block of flats in London with white glazed tiles which show up at night, and that, on several occasions it has been narrowly missed by bombs?