HC Deb 02 March 1944 vol 397 cc1558-9
21. Mr. Astor

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can take steps to improve the system of communications for reporting fires.

Mr. H. Morrison

A carefully-prepared communications system is in operation for reporting fires, whether due to enemy action or not. These arrangements are under constant review in the light of experience. I am always glad to receive suggestions for their further improvement.

Mr. Astor

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many of the safeguards which were proper and necessary at the beginning of the war, to prevent dispersal of effort, have become less necessary now, in view of the greater experience of the wardens' and other services; and will he see whether it is possible to simplify the procedure in order to achieve greater speed?

Mr. Morrison

I am not clear what the hon. Member's suggestions are, but if he will let me have particulars of them, I will gladly consider them.