Rescue Parties, Gloucestershire.

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 6th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered a statement from the Gloucestershire Emergency Committee, which has been sent to him, describing the effect on the rescue service of the transference from their present employers of building operatives; and what action he proposes to take in the matter?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Yes, Sir. I have read the statement sent to me by my hon. Friend. In reply to the last part of the Question I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave on 23rd July to a similar Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Perkins).

Photo of Mr Daniel Lipson Mr Daniel Lipson , Cheltenham

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if he takes away these men, who alone can do this work, it will be impossible to replace them by volunteers and that, therefore, his reply does not meet the position?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am not sure about that. I think that my hon. Friend is assuming that only building trade workers can do rescue work, but we have trained many others for rescue work and they have become quite efficient.