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Emergency Water Supplies (Protective Safeguards)

Volume 390: debated on Thursday 3 June 1943

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asked the Home Secretary when he proposes to implement the promise given in November last to place protective safeguards on the emergency water supplies?

The necessary instructions were issued on 26th November last and the provision of protective safeguards is proceeding as rapidly as available resources in labour and materials permit. Progress on the whole has been good, and in most Regions the above ground installations will have been provided with barbed wire protection within the near future. The protection of basement installations by brick walling will take a little longer in certain places where the work to be done is extensive and the labour situation difficult, but special efforts have been made to mobilise labour resources for the purpose in those areas.

Can my right hon. Friend say where protective safeguards have been placed, because it is difficult to find them? With the advent of fine weather the casualties are mounting again.

My recollection is that the barbed wire is to be placed somewhere about the top of the wall.