I am advised that legislation will be required in order to place Government expenditure on air raid precautions on a proper statutory basis and to remove doubts as to the powers of local authorities. A Bill for this purpose is being drafted; when it has reached a more advanced stage, an opportunity will be afforded to the representatives of local authorities of conferring with the Government, and I hope that it may be possible to reach a satisfactory agreement as to the allocation of expenditure. Many local authorities have already prepared plans and in many cases entered into financial commitments. Whatever financial arrangement is ultimately decided, will be applied retrospectively to a date which it is contemplated should be 1st January, 1937. I trust, therefore, that those local authorities who have not yet begun the preparation of plans will not think it necessary to wait until the financial arrangements have been placed on a statutory basis.