Civilian Population (Defence Instructions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 16th December 1941.

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Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

asked the Home Secretary whether the instructions to the civilian population in this country, in case of invasion, were compiled before the Germans shot civilians, men, women and children, without regard to age, when retreating from Rostov; and whether the civilian population will now be advised that, as they will be faced with unavoidable destruction, they should sell their lives as dearly as possible?

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. In regard to the second part, I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Prime Minister to a Question he put on 3rd December.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Are the Government satisfied that the pamphlet which has been issued is adequate for the situation, and, summarised, does not that pamphlet simply say that we should do nothing?

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

I do not think that that is so, but in any case there is no point in giving our plans away so far in advance.

Photo of Sir Charles Lyle Sir Charles Lyle , Bournemouth

Cannot we give some training to the civil population?