HC Deb 27 April 1944 vol 399 cc944-5W
Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that great inconvenience is caused to residents on the borders of Romford and Hornchurch by the recent banning provisions; and whether he will instruct the police to deal sympathetically with difficulties arising along the borders.

Mr. H. Morrison

It is inevitable that hardship and inconvenience should be caused to the civil population by the restrictions on access to protected areas which have been imposed for military reasons by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War. My right hon. Friend has granted permission to certain categories of persons to enter the protected areas, and the police have been instructed to administer the provisions with reasonable latitude, but it is, of course, not open to the police themselves to grant permission to other categories of persons in addition to those prescribed by my right hon. Friend. I have no evidence that the police are behaving unreasonably in enforcing the law.