Firemen, South London (Alternative Work Scheme).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Mr. Robertson:

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the successful efforts of Fireman A. T. Evans and other firemen whereby the Marco Refrigerator Company agreed to instal light machinery for war work in South London fire stations; and why this scheme has not been proceeded with?

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

My right hon. Friend is making inquiries into this case and will communicate with my hon. Friend.

Mr. Robertson:

Is the hon. Lady aware that after 12 months of idleness Fireman Evans and other firemen showed great enterprise in going out to get work, and that when their plans were almost complete they notified their officer, who passed the matter on to headquarters, and that since then the whole project has been damped down and Fireman Evans has been discouraged from making further inquiries? Is not that quite wrong?

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

The hon. Member only put this Question down on Tuesday. It came before us on Wednesday, and there has not been time to make inquiries.

Mr. Robertson:

Is the hon. Lady aware that Fireman Evans brought this matter up two months ago, and still no progress has been made?

Photo of Miss Ellen Wilkinson Miss Ellen Wilkinson , Jarrow

That was not the Question of the hon. Member.