HC Deb 20 December 1984 vol 70 cc541-2
10. Rev. Martin Smyth

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to publish an updated version of "Civil Defence—The Basic Facts".

Mr. Giles Shaw

Yes, Sir. Early next year.

Rev. Martin Smyth

Does the Minister recognise the need for a range of well-presented and readable books for the guidance of the increasing number of civil defence volunteers?

Mr. Shaw

I do indeed, and it is for that purpose that we are reviewing all the literature connected with civil defence.

Mr. Leigh

Will my hon. Friend be sending copies of the literature to Left-wing authorities, whose refusal to have anything to do with civil defence is a denial of their humanitarian duty to care for all people in peace and war?

Mr. Shaw

I shall be very pleased to do so, and to do more than merely send the literature. We intend to ensure that local authorities respond to the regulations of 1983.