HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 c1013
4 and 5. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs (1) to what extent East Anglia is now regarded as an evacuation area;

(2) what is his latest estimate of the number and classification of people who would need to be evacuated in the event of war.

Mr. H. Brooke

As has previously been stated, the provisional scheme which my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and I have had under discussion with the local authority associations would involve planning for the evacuation of the persons within the classes listed in paragraph 114 of the 1956 Defence White Paper, totalling some 12 million. The scheme is still under consideration, and I am not yet in a position to give any details.

Mr. Hughes

Will the Minister indicate whether it was intended to evacuate people into East Anglia, in which county the missile bases are now to be established, and does he still propose to send people there?

Mr. Brooke

I must repeat again that this scheme is still under consideration, and I cannot give any details.