HC Deb 08 May 1941 vol 371 c962
34. Sir Adam Maitland

asked the Home Secretary whether he is now in a position to announce his decision upon the proposal submitted to him that the officers occupying a more responsible post in the Civil Defence services should receive increased remuneration?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am afraid that I must ask my hon. Friend to wait a little longer.

Sir A. Maitland

Is the Minister aware that some local authorities have been waiting long for a decision on this matter?

Mr. Morrison

I am aware of that, but it is the case also that other local authorities did not agree to the proposal. There is a difference of view among authorities, and even among Regions, which it is a little difficult to straighten out. Moreover, there is something else which will have to be straightened before this matter is settled. I assure my hon. Friend that I regard the matter as of some importance, but there are other matters in connection with Civil Defence which are more urgent.

Mr. Simmonds

Has the right hon. Gentleman yet accepted the principle, even though he may not be able to announce the details?

Mr. Morrison

No, Sir, that is a question which I must not answer.