HC Deb 04 April 1944 vol 398 cc1790-1
20. Sir Herbert Williams

asked the Secretary of State for War why, having regard to the fact that the purport of the Emergency Powers (Defence) Protected Areas Orders (Nos. 301/s12, 302/s13, 303/s14, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308) are identical and only differ in respect of the areas scheduled, he did not, in the interest of paper economy, have issued one Order with a comprehensive Schedule.

Sir J. Grigg

It is desirable, in the interests of the Armed Forces, to prevent lateral movement in the coastal areas concerned, and it was, therefore, decided that there should be eight separate protected areas. Persons resident in one area are not entitled to enter any of the other areas, unless they belong to one of the exempted or permitted classes of persons, and it was hoped to emphasise this by having a separate Order for each.

Sir H. Williams

Surely it would be quite easy to have eight Schedules. Why waste all this paper?

Sir J. Grigg

I, personally, think that my explanation was quite a good one; but if the hon. Member does not like that answer, I will give him another one, which is that Homer, unlike the hon. Member for South Croydon (Sir H. Williams), sometimes nods.

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