HC Deb 03 August 1939 vol 350 cc2645-6W
Sir I. Albery

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has considered representations received from the Strood Rural District Council; can he now say whether this area is still scheduled as a receiving area; and whether steel shelters are to be distributed to residents in the dangerous areas of this district?

Sir J. Anderson

Full consideration has been given to the representations made by the Strood Rural District Council, and as a result I have come to the conclusion that parts of this district—namely, the parishes of Frindsbury and Hoo—have proper claims to be specified for the purposes of Part III of the Civil Defence Act. These parishes will be included in the order to be made under Section 12 of the Act: and this will bring them in due course within the scheme for the free issue of air-raid shelters to eligible householders.

Certain other parts of the rural district are, however, in the view of the Government, suitable for the reception of evacuated persons. The numbers to be sent there have been calculated with regard to the amount of accommodation available in these parts of the district; and it is for the rural district council, in the light of their local knowledge, to decide in detail how these persons should be distributed through the area.

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