§ 15. Mr. Gower
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now authorise the demolition of the two communal air-raid shelters at Elm-Grove Place, Dinas-Powis, Glamorgan, which were designed for use under the conditions of the last war; and if he will arrange for their early removal.
§ Mr. George Thomas
As the hon. Member has been informed, there appear to be no grounds, under existing policy, to justify demolition in this particular case.
§ Mr. Gower
Is it not somewhat absurd that air-raid shelters designed for use in the conditions of the last world war, in 1939, should be retained in circumstances which are deplored by all the local residents, when the shelters are most insanitary, when they are the sort of buildings which attract youngsters in the most undesirable circumstances—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—and, in view of the fact that they are quite unsuitable for any 1804 future war, will the hon. Gentleman give instant instructions for the demolishing of these buildings?
§ Mr. Thomas
I take the hon. Gentleman's word for what may happen at these shelters, but he ought to be aware, as I am aware—we both know these shelters—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."]—Mr. Speaker, I cannot understand the interruption. But the hon. Gentleman ought to know that these shelters have been closed up—
§ Mr. Thomas
—and that the rural district council has already declined his suggestion that they should be closed down. The general question as to the use of air-raid shelters in a possible war is not raised by this Question.