HC Deb 24 June 1941 vol 372 cc954-5
57. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether appropriate arrangements are being made for the provision of air-raid precautions services, or for transference of part of the population, in all colonial areas likely to suffer the effects of aerial bombardment during the present or future stages of the war; and whether all possible steps have been taken to meet any situation caused through the destruction or delay of foodstuffs, and other necessary commodities, normally imported info such areas?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. George Hall)

Yes, Sir. The provision of A.R.P. services, including, where this is appropriate, dispersal of population, has been undertaken by the Governments of territories that are likely to be attacked. Steps have been taken to ensure that each territory is provided with sufficient stocks of food and other essential supplies, though the period for which perishable goods can be held is often influenced by climatic conditions. Precaution are being taken to guard against difficulties that may arise from delay in imports or from destruction of goods by enemy action.