HC Deb 24 July 1940 vol 363 c826W
Sir E. Makins

asked the Home Secretary whether there is any system under which a numerical scale of wardens is fixed for different places with varying populations; whether equipment is distributed to districts on the basis of a fixed number of wardens; whether he is aware that many districts are appointing wardens for whom there is no equipment; and whether he can make a statement as to the policy which should govern the air-raid precautions arrangements in this respect for all districts?

Sir J. Anderson

The establishment of wardens was fixed for each area having regard to the population and conditions in the area. Equipment has been supplied on the basis of this authorised establishment and the only case in which equipment is not immediately available for wardens newly appointed is where the authorised establishment is exceeded. The position is being kept under close review.