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Civil Defence, Coventry (Transferred Functions)

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will appoint a commissioner to carry out the civil defence duties which have been revoked by Coventry City Council.

On 24th July I made an Order under Regulation 4 of the Civil Defence (General) Regulations, 1949, authorising and requiring Air Vice-Marshal Sir Geoffrey Bromet, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., Major General J. B. Dalison, C.B., O.B.E., and Miss Mary Gray, C.B.E., to exercise, in the name of the council and at the council's expense, the civil defence functions conferred by the Secretary of State on the council (other than as a fire authority) by Regulations made under Section 2 of the Civil Defence Act, 1948. My right hon. Friends, the Ministers of Housing and Local Government, Food, and Health have made similar Orders. We have also decided to withhold the whole of any Exchequer grants that would otherwise be payable to the council in respect of the discharge, after 22nd July, of the functions transferred.