HC Deb 20 July 1944 vol 402 cc327-8
15. Mr. Edgar Granville

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions have been given to Civil Defence authorities, wardens and the general public on the best preventive measures for the protection of windows from the effect of bomb blast.

Mr. H. Morrison

Instructions as to the best methods of protecting windows against blast have been given in official publications from time to time during the war. Up to date advice framed in the light of the present situation as regards the supply of materials was given wide publicity by the Press last week-end.

Mr. Granville

In view of what the Prime Minister has said in regard to the number of casualties from flying glass, can the right hon. Gentleman say if there is an adequate stock of this material, and if the lessons of the blitz of 1940–41 have given us any new material which can be used? Will he take some steps through the B.B.C. to state the exact measures which should be taken with regard to blast?

Mr. Morrison

My impression is that the B.B.C. did broadcast the Ministry of Home Security's advice. Responsibility for the supply of substitute material is a matter for the Minister of Works, and I understand that my Noble Friend is accelerating the supply of the substitute material.

Mr. Walter Edwards

Will my right hon. Friend consider using the cinemas of the country, particularly in the South of England, to explain to people the precautions they should take with regard to the flying bomb?

Mr. Morrison

I will certainly consider that. We do give advice from time to time, but it must be remembered that the people in Southern England and London have an extensive experience of bombing, and my impression is that they are fairly sensible, and know how to take care of themselves as much as they can.

Mr. Thorne

Will my right hon. Friend state whose duty it is to have windows replaced when they have been blasted out?

Mr. Morrison

That is a question of first aid repairs, which is a matter on which the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Works co-operate.

Mr. Astor

Is there any prospect of more protective wire netting for the protection of windows against blast?

Mr. Morrison

It is no good asking me about materials. That question must be addressed to the Minister of Works.

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