HC Deb 13 June 1940 vol 361 c1394W
Mr. Dobbie

asked the Home Secretary whether the taking possession of land by local authorities as sites for air-raid shelters is being governed by the provisions of the Civil Defence Act, 1939, or by Defence Regulation No. 51?

Sir J. Anderson

Possession of land for the purpose of public air-raid shelters is usually taken by agreement with the owner or tenant. Where it is necessary to have recourse to compulsory powers, use is made of the powers conferred by Defence Regulation No. 51 and not of powers under the Civil Defence Act, 1939.

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