HC Deb 06 June 1940 vol 361 cc1006-7W
Mr. Duncan

asked the Home Secretary (1) what steps he is taking to keep road and rail communications clear in the event of raids on this country so that the defence of threatened points will not be hampered by civilian refugees;

(2) what steps are being taken to prevent civilians fleeing from their homes in the event of raids on this country and rendering themselves liable to machine-gunning and bombing from the air; and whether he will give ample prior public warning of his plans in this regard?

Sir J. Anderson

Certain measures have already been taken, and further action is in train, to secure that in the event of hostile attack on this country members of the civil population shall not expose themselves to unnecessary risks and shall not hamper military operations. It would not be in the public interest to describe all these measures, but I can assure my hon. Friend that where publicity is required it will be freely given at what is judged to be the right moment.

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