§ 3.23 p.m.
§ THE EARL OF SELKIRK
My Lords, these Regulations are made under the Civil Defence Act, 1948. Their main purpose is to confer on the police authorities the function of providing protected accommodation at key communication centres and buildings for operational control. This is necessary in the limited number of cases where new buildings are being provided. In other cases it may be necessary, in vulnerable areas, to provide a separate protective box adjacent to existing buildings. It will be noted that the Regulations also deal with training and necessary Civil Defence equipment. This is no more than a continuation of the Regulations passed in 1950. It may interest the House to know that at the present time all regular police, as well as a large number of special constables, have received basic training 8 in civil defence. I beg to move that the Draft Regulations be approved.
§ Moved, That the Draft Civil Defence (Police) Regulations, 1952, reported from the Special Orders Committee on the 26th March last, be approved.—(The Earl of Selkirk.)
§ THE EARL OF LUCAN
My Lords, on behalf of noble Lords on this side of the House, I should like to say that we fully support these Regulations.
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.