HC Deb 20 May 1941 vol 371 c1385
53. Mr. Lindsay

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that air attack inevitably creates a number of novel problems, affecting the movement, housing and feeding of the people, the effective solution of which demands a staff and line organisation on a national and regional basis, as in the case of fire, he will consider the advisability of appointing a Minister of Civil Defence or make such other appropriate changes in the national and regional organisation as he thinks fit so that the courage of the people and the devotion of officials and voluntary workers is worthily matched and reinforced?

The Prime Minister (Mr. Churchill)

His Majesty's Government are naturally fully alive to the new problems created by air attack, and we do not hesitate to make changes in the national, regional and local organisation of Civil Defence to meet new conditions. But I do not consider that a radical change in the present chain of responsibility is necessary or desirable in present circumstances.

Mr. Lindsay

Without asking for any definite proposal, do I understand that the Prime Minister has not a word to say on this subject?

The Prime Minister

I hope I have not yet got to my last word.