HC Deb 28 January 1941 vol 368 cc439-40W
Sir R. Gower

asked the Home Secretary whether the London Salvage Corps is still in existence; and whether some arrangement can be made for the salving of at least easily accessible objects of value under the debris of demolished houses since, at the present time, owing to the fear of being accused of looting, demolition workers will not touch them.

Mr. H. Morrison

The London Salvage Corps is in existence and co-operates with the London Fire Brigade in emergency fire fighting operations. I am considering a scheme under which the personnel of the corps would form the nucleus of an expanded salvage organisation, working in conjunction with the London Fire Brigade. Under existing arrangements objects of value are recovered by those engaged in the work of clearance of debris, and they are handed over to a responsible officer of the local authority. I have no evidence to suggest that these arrangements are not satisfactory.

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