HC Deb 17 December 1943 vol 395 cc1824-5W
Mr. Keeling

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, whether he will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the examples issued in January, 1942, for the guidance of local authorities in deciding what railings, etc., should not be scheduled for removal for scrap; and what action his Department has taken in those cases where railings have been removed and are subsequently shown to have been within any of these categories?

Mr. Hicks

I append the examples for which the hon. Member asks.

In the few cases in which it has been or can be shown that railings which have been removed were, in fact, essential to the use of land, a substitute is provided, to the satisfaction of the owner, either by means of a cash payment or in kind.

Examples of railings, etc., which local authorities were advised should not be included in Schedules for removal for scrap.

Collapsible gates and iron bars to windows as protection against burglary.

Railings at schools to prevent young children running on to a highway or to prevent misuse of outside offices.

Railings at naval, military or air stations other than private houses used for billeting.

Railings at public utility works, railway and harbour premises where required for the protection of the public or property.

Railings at Royal Ordnance Factories, munition factories and other vital factories.

Railings required by the Ministry of Food for the protection of certain factories and storage depots.

Railings and gates at mental hospitals, lunatic asylums and hospitals for infectious diseases where necessary to prevent patients leaving or the public entering.

Railings at other hospitals essential to ensure control.

Railings round burial grounds and cemeteries in rural areas that are not set on an external wall of a minimum height of 3 feet from ground level.

Railings and gates necessary to protect growing crops* actually bordering on a highway in Urban Areas.


* These words were intended to include vegetable crops.