HC Deb 22 June 1938 vol 337 cc1095-6W
Sir N. Grattan-Doyle

asked the Home Secretary what steps have been taken to co-ordinate his appeal for women volunteers and the proposal to establish a women's Territorial Army?

Sir S. Hoare

The appeal of the Women's Voluntary Services for air-raid precautions is on lines distinct from the formation of a small uniformed force of women to serve with the Territorial Army, and this distinction is preserved by the co-ordination between my Department and that of my right hon. Friend.

Mr. De la Bère

asked the Home Secretary whether he will introduce legislation to provide that, where a leaseholder spends a considerable amount of money in response to the Government's appeal for protection of premises against damage by hostile aircraft, a specified proportion of that cost should be borne by the ground landlord?

Mr. Lloyd

There are in the existing law provisions as to compensation to tenants in certain circumstances for improvements which they make in properties, and the considerations to which my hon. Friend calls attention do not seem to provide grounds for fresh legislation on this subject.

Mr. Cluse

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the copy sent to -him of the resolution passed by the Islington Borough Council, at their meeting on the 17th instant, in which they enumerate the matters which in their opinion, require the immediate attention of the Government with regard to air-raid precautions in general; and will he outline the proposals of his Department to deal with the complaints and proposals contained in the resolution?

Mr. Lloyd

I have seen the resolution to which the hon. Member refers. On a number of proposals from Islington there have been correspondence and discussions with the Home Office, but there are now no questions awaiting reply; and the general problems of policy mentioned in the resolution have received and are receiving the attention of the Government.

Captain Plugge

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any bomb-proof shelters are being erected in His Majesty's dockyard as Chatham?

Mr. Shakespeare

Certain arrangements for the protection of employès of His Majesty's Dockyard, Chatham, against air attack, have already been made and others are under consideration. It would not be in the public interest to disclose details.

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