HC Deb 22 February 1945 vol 408 c945
37. Mr. Higgs

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the large number of beds and blankets which are not in use in certain parts of the country since the fire guards were ordered to stand down; and will he permit them to be sent to relieve the needs of bombed areas in London or on the Continent.

Mr. H. Morrison

With regard to the comparatively small quantities of beds and blankets which are held by local authorities for Fire Guard purposes, I have authorised the surplus to be sold either to individual ratepayers who, by reason of war circumstances, are considered deserving of special assistance, or to recognised traders. Occupiers of business premises probably possess larger quantities of these articles, and are at liberty to dispose of them as they wish. Many have, I understand, been informed by the Board of Trade by what channels they can be sent for the benefit of persons in bombed areas or for relief on the Continent.

Mr. Bowles

Does my right hon. Friend not think that aerial bombing is nearly over now?

Colonel Sir A. Lambert Ward

When will these instructions come into effect? The shortage of blankets in many places is very serious.

Mr. Morrison

The authorisation has been given already.