HC Deb 01 April 1941 vol 370 c863W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Home Secretary whether he will give an assurance that, on premises occupied by firms who are carrying on business to a substantial extent for the purpose of one or more Government Departments, shelters will not be requisitioned for civilian use without either the consent of the occupiers or the approval of the Government Department or Departments interested?

Mr. H. Morrison

Factory shelters which are not required by the employ é s during the night can afford a valuable supplement to public shelter provision and I have encouraged local authorities to take full advantage of this possibility subject, in proper cases, to considerations of secrecy. The absence of complaints from factory occupiers or from clients interested in their production confirms my view that the advice conveyed to local authorities has been interpreted on commonsense lines and I should be sorry, when the vast majority of factories are directly or indirectly engaged on Government contracts, to see any unnecessary obstacle placed in the way of the local authorities.