asked the Home Secretary for what purpose the words, "or otherwise," have been added by Statutory Rule and Order, No. 295 of 1943, to Article 1 of the Control of Noise Order of 1940?
The Control of Noise Order, S.R. and O. 1940, No. 1,042, referred to the use of church bells to indicate that members of an enemy force are landing, or attempting to land, or have landed from the air. The strict legal position was, therefore, that the bells could only be rung for an attack from the air. The amendment makes it clear that they may be used as a local alarm signal for a raid by either air-borne or sea-borne troops.
Am I to understand that, while for nearly three years we have been under the impression that for any kind of invasion the bells will be rung, the legal advisers of the Government have only just discovered that the Order of 1940 was so inadequate?
My hon. Friend had better put that question down.