HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 c272
23. Mr. Keeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that Section 30 of the Civil Defence Act, 1939, which purports to provide for the construction of shelters by landlords of flats, lays down no time limit, no method of deciding whether a shelter is satisfactory, and no penalty for non-compliance; and what action he proposes to take?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

My attention has been drawn to various suggestions for the amendment of this Section, which has been criticised from the point of view of the landlord as well as from that of the tenant. 1 have carefully considered the question whether any effective Amendments of the Section could be made by Defence Regulation, but 1 am advised that any such Amendments could only be made by legislation. The matter is by no means free from difficulty, and I regret that I am not in a position to hold out any hope of legislation.