§ Mr. P. Morris
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his plans for Civil Defence include provision for the appointment of regional commissioners as in 1939–45.
§ Mr. de Freitas
Yes. The regional commissioners themselves gave up their appointments at the end of the war and the staffs of the regional offices were reduced to what was necessary for dealing with Civil Defence work remaining from the war-time organisation. A nucleus staff was retained in all regions except London. This staff was slightly expanded after the passing of the Civil Defence Act, 1948, and a skeleton regional organisation for London has recently been established. These regional offices will be further expanded so far as may be necessary for the development of Civil Defence in peace and are so organised as to be capable of further expansion in war.