HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc850-1W
Mr. Naylor

asked the Home Secretary whether all the plans relating to air-raid protection in London, submitted for approval by the Metropolitan Borough Councils, have been dealt with and disposed of by his Department?

Sir J. Anderson

I assume the hon. Member has in mind the question of air-raid shelter. He will appreciate that the consideration of shelter proposals, from the first informal consultation with my technical advisers to the final formal recognition of approved schemes for purposes of grant, may occupy a period of time varying with the magnitude or complexity of the project; and the answer to his question must therefore depend upon the meaning to be attached to the term "submitted for approval." I do not feel that I can usefully say more than that proposals put forward by Metropolitan borough councils are constantly under examination by my Department. and that the hon. Member may rest assured that no effort is spared to deal with them at their various stages with the utmost expedition.