§ Mr. Hunter
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is satisfied that there is an adequate number of persons trained and available, in each relevant local authority, to operate forthwith the emergency communications procedures specified and referred to in Home Office circular No. ES 5/1979.
§ Mr. Hurd
There have in the past been no central records from which the number of these staff could be monitored. But new civil defence regulations came into force on 1 December which for the first time place a duty on local authorities to designate and train wartime communications staff and we shall monitor their implementation.