HC Deb 18 June 1940 vol 362 cc47-8W
Mr. Cocks

asked the Secretary of State for War (1) whether he will consider the erection of block-houses or elevated armoured machine-gun posts in various parts of the country, especially in flat areas;

(2) whether, in view of the possible interruption of telephonic and telegraphic communication, he will consider the provision of rockets for the purpose of giving warning of enemy parachute descent;

(3) whether he will consider protecting a certain number of motor omnibuses and lorries with bullet-stopping armour, arming them with Bren guns, and holding them in readiness at strategic points for use against landings from parachutes, troop-carrying aeroplanes, and speedboats;

(4) whether he will consider supplying arms to railway signal-boxes, especially in isolated areas; and whether adequate steps are being taken for the protection of locomotive sheds?

Mr. Eden

My hon. Friend's suggestions have been noted.