Physical Recreation Pamphlet.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Home Secretary how many copies of the pamplet entitled "Physical Recreation for Civil Defence Workers" have been printed; and to whom they have been circulated?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The Central Committee of the Civil Defence Comforts Fund, which is responsible for the promotion of activities such as those dealt with in this pamphlet, and for that purpose administers funds placed at its disposal by private benefaction, arranged for the preparation of the pamphlet, at no cost to public funds. 50,000 copies have been printed for distribution to the Civil Defence Services, including the National Fire Service, and the Police.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think this is a misuse of paper? This is a typical quotation from the pamphlet: Given good facilities and the necessary equipment, cricket will probably be popular this summer.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am not competent to express an opinion on that point, but we did take the advice of very expert people, and I think the House will agree that it is desirable for us to consider the welfare of the Civil Defence personnel and to do all we can to secure their physical efficiency for their work when they are called into action.