HC Deb 24 October 1940 vol 365 c1157W
Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Home Secretary whether builders of private air-raid shelters can now be given sufficient supplies of cement to enable them to carry out definite orders?

Mr. H. Morrison

I am afraid that the limited supplies of cement which are at present available for air-raid shelter work do not enable the full requirements of builders of private air-raid shelters to be met. The importance of this question is fully appreciated and all possible steps will be taken to provide as much cement as possible for the purposes my hon. Friend has in mind.

Sir L. Lyle

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that in all cases where private owners of air-raid shelters throw open their premises to the public they have no means of enforcing order since the police state they are not entitled to assist; and whether he will take immediate steps, in the public interest, to ensure that such owners may call in police assistance for such a purpose?

Mr. Morrison

The question has not previously been brought to my notice, but I should be glad if my hon. Friend will let me have particulars of the difficulties which he has in mind, so that I may consider what steps are necessary in the public interest.

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