HC Deb 26 November 1953 vol 521 c524
53. Mr. R. Harris

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if plans are now any further advanced for the use of helicopters by Civil Defence units.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir David Maxwell Fyfe)

It is recognised that helicopters would be of great value to Civil Defence in the conditions of a future war. The actual use of helicopters for experiment and training has been hampered hitherto by considerations of supply and cost and I cannot yet say when it will be possible to give priority for expenditure for this purpose.

Mr. Harris

Can we take it that the Home Secretary has in mind that if Civil Defence can be supplied with the latest and most up-to-date equipment, there is all the greater likelihood of the public generally taking a greater interest in Civil Defence?

Sir D. Maxwell Fyfe

I am well aware of that point.