HC Deb 01 April 1943 vol 388 cc322-3
28. Mr. Thorne

asked the Home Secretary whether any local authority has the power to have any other method than the siren in the case of an air-raid?

Mr. H. Morrison

No, Sir. No public alarm other than the siren may be sounded without my specific authority; but certain towns on or near the South and East coasts which are liable to hit and run raids have been permitted to sound a local alarm signal publicly in addition to the national warning sounded on the siren.

Mr. Thorne

Has my right hon. Friend granted permission for a siren that sounds like a cuckoo?

Mr. Morrison

It is obviously most undesirable that I should answer questions about particular places in public.