HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2073-4
16. Mr. James Hall

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that full time wardens in Stepney are being employed in shops, etc., during their periods of duty; and whether he will have inquiries made into these cases?

Mr. H. Morrison

I understand that proceedings have recently been taken by the Stepney A.R.P. Controller against one whole-time warden who is alleged to have been absent during his hours of duty for the purpose of attending to his own business. The proceedings stand adjourned until to-morrow. Inquiries are being pursued in another case, but the Stepney authorities are satisfied that these cases are quite exceptional.

Mr. Hall

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that efficient supervision is exer- cised over the wardens' service in Stepney, and does he not think that inquiries ought to be made into the working of that system?

Mr. Morrison

I think that the organisation of Civil Defence in Stepney is much better than it was a year ago.

Mr. Hall

I do not agree with the right hon. Gentleman.