HC Deb 10 November 1942 vol 383 cc2274-5W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Food how many officers and their staffs are posted at the 12 Civil Defence regional offices to be available for consultation with the commissioner but not under his orders, showing each regional staff separately and indicating the total cost, including buildings requisitioned or hired, fuel, light, etc.

Mr. Mabane

In one food division (South-Eastern) one senior officer is posted to the Civil Defence Regional Office to maintain close contact over matters of mutual concern. He remains wholly on the divisional food office staff and is responsible to the divisional food officer for all matters connected with emergency preparations. He has a staff of nine officers. It is not possible to segregate those parts of the accommodation expenses which are borne by the Ministry of Home Security and those parts of the staffing expenses borne by the Ministry of Food which arise from availability for consultation. The staff are fully employed on the current affairs of the Ministry of Food. In all other regions arrangements have been made whereby an officer of the divisional food office staff will take up duty in the premises occupied by the Regional Commissioner if and when a state of emergency arises. These officers are already known to and in contact with their regional commissioners, but are normally located at the divisional food office and fully engaged in the activities of that office.

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