HC Deb 09 October 1940 vol 365 c380W
Mr. Lyons

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider making compulsory the daily deodorisation of public and institutional air-raid shelters?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am advised that this object can be best attained by thorough cleansing daily and I have already made it clear to local authorities that this is an important part of their duties.

Sir L. Lyle

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider asking all firms who employ night watchmen to throw open their air-raid shelters during the nights, even though the premises are closed for business, for the accommodation of shelterless people?

Mr. Morrison

A new Defence Regulation has been made which confers upon local authorities general powers to issue directions as to the admission of the public to suitable premises for shelter purposes. These powers, which are primarily designed for use in areas where the public are resorting to shelters throughout the night, are to be used in consultation with Regional Commissioners.

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