HC Deb 23 November 1950 vol 481 cc76-7W
89. Brigadier Prior-Palmer

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are made to ensure that the instructional staff at the Home Office Civil Defence Schools are kept informed of progress in scientific research.

Mr. de Freitas

Periodical conferences for this purpose are held by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office. A three days' conference (at which there were also present representatives of the Royal Naval Damage Control School and the Joint School of Chemical Warfare) has just been concluded at the Civil Defence Staff College. A wide range of subjects was dealt with. The object of these conferences is not only to inform the instructors but to give the Chief Scientific Adviser and his staff the opportunity of obtaining practical advice from the Civil Defence Training Schools. As the hon. and gallant Member is no doubt aware, there are at present two of these schools (at Falfield and Easingwold), and a third is about to be opened at Taymouth in Scotland.