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Fire Guard Duties

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 27 May 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether, where the husband or wife is a registered blind person or is disabled in the highest degree, he will grant exemption from fire-watching duties to the other partner?

I agree that blind and other highly disabled persons ought not to be left unattended during air raids, but in view of the great variety of individual circumstances I consider that the best way to secure this end is to leave it to the hardship tribunal to decide who should be exempted for this purpose.

Does my right hon. Friend intend his answer to convey to local officers that they may use their discretion in this matter?