Admiralty Establishments (Fire-Bomb Fighters).

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 2nd April 1941.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many fire-watchers were on duty at a certain naval establishment, of which he has been informed, and other Admiralty premises at that place on a certain date; and if the number was in accordance with the minimum standard recommended by the fire prevention executive?

Photo of Sir Victor Warrender Sir Victor Warrender , Grantham

In addition to the Royal Marine Police, Home Guards, and trailer pump crews, there were 49 fire-watchers on duty at the establishment in question. This is more than the minimum recommended by the Ministry of Home Security.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish Rear-Admiral Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Is my hon. Friend aware that the establishment in question, a very large one, was almost totally destroyed? Will he give some assurance that the same standard of vigilance, precaution, and sacrifice, is expected and exacted as in defending a unit of the Fleet?

Photo of Sir Victor Warrender Sir Victor Warrender , Grantham

I can assure my hon. and gallant Friend that the preventive methods at this particular establishment were very strict and the damage cannot be attributed in any way at all to any weakness in the fire-watching organisation.