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Air-Raid Precautions

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the Lord Privy Seal, whether when a borough brigade is called out to deal with a fire, a certain number of air-raid precautions volunteers are equally asked to turn out, with the object of gradually training them in peacetime to deal with conflagrations such as they would have to extinguish in wartime?

Practical experience at actual fires is recognised as an essential feature in the training of auxiliary fire service personnel, and the attention of local authorities has already been drawn to the need for taking such steps as may be feasible from time to time to give effect to this policy. The local arrangements for the purpose must rest with the individual fire authorities and their officers.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether private householders who do not in any way come under proposed legislation or regulations, can apply to the local authority for guidance as to what action they should take in providing reasonable anti-air-raid provision for their families and employés?

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave on Monday last in answer to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Kensington South (Sir W. Davison).