HC Deb 13 February 1941 vol 368 cc1509-10
35. Mr. Loftus

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in a certain district the special take-cover warning regarding hostile aircraft is, in nearly every case, received by factories before the preliminary alert warning and that sirens are not allowed to be sounded until the alert warning comes through, with the result that factory workers and personnel of the Armed Services take cover while the rest of the civilian population are unaware of any warning; and will he therefore authorise the siren to be sounded on receipt of the take-cover warning?

Mr. Mabane

According to my information, it is not correct that in the district referred to the warning given to factory raid spotters was received in nearly every case before the alert was sounded on the sirens. My hon. Friend will see that confusion would be caused if the same sirens were sounded to convey two different kinds of warning, but owing to the special circumstances in the district in question authority has been given to sound the alarm by some means other than the siren.

Mr. Loftus

In view of the inconclusive nature of that reply, I beg to give notice that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment at an early opportunity.

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