§ Mr. Thorne
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend or cancel circular ESI/1972 issued to local authorities in respect of war emergency planning; and whether he will make a statement regarding the 229W present Government's policy in this field of local government preparedness to meet a war emergency.
§ Dr. Summerskill
My right hon. Friend has no immediate proposals to amend or cancel that circular and does not propose to make any statement on civil defence before the Defence White Paper is published later this year.