HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1104-5
24. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what study his Civil Defence advisers have made of the mass evacuation plans of United States cities with a view to taking similar precautions in Scotland.

Mr. J. Stuart

I would refer to the answer given to the hon. Member by my right hon. and gallant Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 3rd March.

Mr. Hughes

Surely the Home Secretary has not the problems of Scotland to administer? Surely that is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Scotland? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is considerable discontent in Glasgow about the lack of Civil Defence preparation? Is he aware that in America they are spending 3,000 million dollars on these preparations and that it would be far safer for American personnel in Scotland to be sent back to America?

Mr. Stuart

I think the hon. Member may be assured that there is anxiety not only in Glasgow but in many other parts of the country. The Home Secretary and I have joint consultations on this subject, as do our Departments and the experts. The statement my right hon. and gallant Friend made covered both countries.