Civil Defence Technical Experts.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 7th May 1940.

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Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to keep the technical experts of the air-raid precautions and Auxiliary Fire Service au fait with the actual results of air raids in Spain, Finland and Norway, respectively, and to enable them to apply the knowledge thus gained to the air-raid precautions and Auxiliary Fire Service in this country?

Photo of Mr William Mabane Mr William Mabane , Huddersfield

Information as to the effects of air raids in the various theatres of war abroad is collected, through all practicable channels, by the Intelligence Branch of the Ministry of Home Security. This material is studied by the technical and other staffs of the Department, and the results are taken into account in the instructions and advice issued to local authorities in order that the lessons learned may be applied throughout the civil defence services in this country.

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Did my right hon. Friend send any representatives of the Department to Finland during any part of the Finnish campaign?