HC Deb 05 February 1941 vol 368 cc941-2
56. Mr. Tinker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered the resolution sent to him by Tyldesley Urban District Council asking the Government to meet the cost of the construction and equipment of all air-raid shelters put up by local authorities as they consider it is not treating fairly those who started early in getting ready by limiting the payment from 19th October, 1940; and will he say what answer he has given to this request?

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

I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by my right hon. Friend on Thursday last to the Question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for West Bristol (Mr. Culverwell).

Mr. Tinker

Does the hon. Gentleman think it altogether fair to penalise local authorities who have to carry out orders, because the future policy will not be a good one if that is the case?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend said he was concerned to get speedy action, but he could not hold out any promise that action would be retrospective.

Mr. Silverman

Is it the policy of the Department to take speedy action by penalising speedy action?