HC Deb 24 July 1941 vol 373 cc1039-40
37. Mr. Lindsay

asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to make a statement on fire-watching relating to business premises, unoccupied houses and the organisation of fire-watching parties?

Mr. H. Morrison

The first of these Questions is at present under discussion with representatives of the employers and the Trades Union Congress; the second is being dealt with by an Order which will shortly be issued under an Amendment to the Defence Regulations recently approved; as regards the third, further directions are being issued in the light of the experience which has been gained.

Mr. Lindsay

In view of the fact that nothing appears to have happened in this matter since December, could not the right hon. Gentleman speed up the three very important parts of this Service?

Mr. Morrison

The hon. Gentleman has no right to say that nothing has happened since December. It is a misrepresentation and is not fair.