Greater London.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence. – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1936.

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Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether his attention has been drawn to the increasing vulnerability of Greater London in the event of national emergency, due to the expansion in the number of factories in that area and the growth of concentrated population; and if, in view of the risk of the paralysis of distribution of food supplies and the destruction of these factories by air attack, the Government will introduce legislation to prohibit the building of factories within a wide radius of Greater London?

Photo of Mr Thomas Inskip Mr Thomas Inskip , Fareham

The Government fully appreciate the disadvantages, from the point of view of defence, of the great aggregation of industry and population in the London area, and they have the issues consequent upon the present state of affairs under close consideration.

Photo of Hon. John Stourton Hon. John Stourton , Salford South

Is my right hon. Friend aware that legislation to deal with this important subject is long overdue?