HC Deb 05 November 1940 vol 365 c1224W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention had been called to the refusal of the Staffordshire County Council to contribute towards expenditure on domestic air-raid shelters by the borough of Tamworth, save on conditions more exacting and far-reaching than those laid down for a Government grant in Home Security Circular No. 163/1940; whether he is aware that compliance with these conditions would involve delay and expense while additional information is obtained by house-to-house canvass; and whether he will cause the Staffordshire County Council to bring their conditions for contribution into conformity with those laid down for a Government grant.

Mr. H. Morrison

I was aware of the difficulty to which my hon Friend refers. I am sending him a copy of a circular which I have sent to local authorities informing them that the Exchequer would reimburse in full reasonable expenditure upon approved shelters.