HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc415-6
55 Mr. Lunn

asked the Home Secretary what resolutions he has received from local authorities against Circular 262/1940, to pay for the construction or equipment of shelters provided after the date of the circular, and expressing a desire that the Government will pay the total costs of all shelters whether erected before or after the date of the circular; and whether the Government are prepared to agree to their representations?

44. Captain Sir Ian Fraser

asked the Home Secretary whether he will reconsider making the 100 per cent. Government reimbursement for shelters built by local authorities after the issue of Home Office Circular No. 262/1940, on 12th October, 1940, applicable to shelters built before that time, in order not to penalise those local authorities who at an early stage in the war took active steps to protect their citizens?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Home Security (Miss Wilkinson)

My right hon. Friend has received a number of such representations, but he is unable to modify the decision that the concession announced in the circular cannot be made to operate retrospectively.