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

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Photo of Sir John Kerr Sir John Kerr , Combined Scottish Universities

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the effectiveness of paint for the purposes of war camouflage is dependent upon the elimination of light and shade effects by countershading; and the, breaking up of continuity of surface and outline by large masses of pigment contrasting strongly in tone such as white and mat-black; whether he is aware that objects of military importance are still being painted in complete disregard of these principles; and whether he will see that these principles are put into effect?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I can assure my hon. Friend that the principle of countershading to which he refers is well understood by those responsible for camouflage design in all Departments and is used by them wherever applicable. It is only one of the factors which must be considered in determining the most effective use of paint for camouflage purposes.