HC Deb 09 July 1940 vol 362 c1111W
Sir Smedley Crooke

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of threatened invasion, he will consider the advisability of urging the 11,300 municipal authorities in the country that they should make immediate inquiries in their own districts as to how many men not already registered are available for home service; how many motor cars and motor cycles are available; what the reserves of petrol are; what stores of food, drugs and medical supplies exist; and what arms and ammunition are in possession of local inhabitants?

Mr. Attlee

No, Sir. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said in the answer which he gave to the Question by my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for South Cardiff (Colonel A. Evans) on 4th July, an organisation has been worked out which ensures the effective concert of the whole apparatus of Home Defence both civil and military; I do not think that the suggestion made by my hon. Friend would add materially to the information available to that organisation.