HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1412-3W
Mr. Tomlinson

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that, although the first instruction issued by the air-raid precautions controller of Rochdale to airraid precautions pickets and rescue parties has been withdrawn, a further instruction has been issued to the effect that pickets should salute the mayor, magistrates, officers of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and senior officers of the air-raid precautions service and the police; and whether he will take steps to have this order cancelled?

Sir J. Anderson

I have not seen the text of the new notice referred to, but my information is that it is in the nature of advice and not an order, and in general is willingly followed by the personnel concerned. The matter is not one in which I should feel justified in intervening.