Invasion Committees.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 26th March 1942.

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Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

asked the Home Secretary whether invasion committees will be given facilities for studying scorched-earth policy and methods?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The function of invasion committees is to co-ordinate the preparations of the various military and civilian services at the local level. The representatives of the services concerned with the denial of resources to the enemy will be in a position to inform an invasion committee of their instructions and plans, in so far as this may be necessary for the work of the committee.

Photo of Sir John Mellor Sir John Mellor , Tamworth

Will special training be given to appropriate Civil Defence personnel in scorched-earth methods?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I do not think we ought to go into too much detail in public. Democratic institutions inevitably provide the enemy with a lot of information.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

In view of the fact that a large proportion of the able-bodied civil population will be women who will have to carry out these instructions, will the Minister see that the committees include a good number of women and that they are able to get detailed instructions as to how to mislead the enemy in all kinds of ways?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The actual appointments will be made mainly by local people. To some extent, therefore, this is not in my hands, but I will keep my hon. Friend's point in mind and see whether I can do anything about it.