HC Deb 13 December 1956 vol 562 cc614-5
30. Mr. Hayman

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he proposes to issue a White Paper on Civil Defence.

Major Lloyd-George

Civil defence will be included in the Statement on Defence, to be issued in February. The issue of a separate White Paper on the subject is not contemplated at present.

Mr. Hayman

Is the Home Secretary aware that people throughout the country in the ranks of the Civil Defence organisation are very disheartened at its present nebulous state? If the Government really think that the propaganda which they have issued about the danger of war in the Middle East should be taken seriously, does not the Home Secretary think that Civil Defence here should also be taken seriously?

Major Lloyd-George

It has been taken seriously. I can only repeat my Answer, which is that in February we shall get the White Paper on Defence, which will cover Civil Defence. The reply to the hon. Gentleman's point about people being disheartened is that there has been a net increase in strength in the last three months.