HC Deb 20 March 1952 vol 497 cc2546-7
43. Mr. Gerald Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what orders have been issued to civil defence officers to bring their organisations to a state of preparedness.

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

Since the coming into force of the Civil Defence Act at the end of 1948, a series of circulars have been issued to local authorities containing information and guidance on various aspects of civil defence. The build up of civil defence is a continuing process and no special orders have been issued in the sense of bringing civil defence services to a state of specified readiness by any particular date.

Mr. Williams

Is my right hon. and learned Friend satisfied that he has enough recruits now to read these circulars?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I am never satisfied that I have enough recruits. I hope that every hon. Member will assist me to get more recruits. I am very glad, however, that over the last few months, since we have had the campaign, we have had a considerable addition in the number of recruits coming in.