Crops (Incendiary Bombs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

asked the Home Secretary what measures he proposes to take to reduce the risk of fire-bombs dropped among mature corn crops in the coming season?

Photo of General Sir George Jeffreys General Sir George Jeffreys , Petersfield

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any special measures in contemplation for dealing with the danger of incendiary bombs to crops at harvest time; and whether he is prepared to make arrangements in each district for the co-operation in fire-fighting of this type of military personnel billeted in the neighbourhood?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The matter to which my hon. Friends refer is being dealt with in collaboration with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Photo of Mr George Garro-Jones Mr George Garro-Jones , Aberdeen North

Is the right hon. Gentleman satisfied that adequate measures have been taken against this risk?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

We shall take the best possible measures we can. I think my hon. Friend will agree that I ought perhaps not to go into details on a matter which might convey information to the enemy.

Photo of Mr George Hall Mr George Hall , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

Will my right hon. Friend consult with the War Office to see whether in rural areas the Home Guard could help in this matter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I will consider that suggestion.