Women Fire-Watchers

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons on 15th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

asked the Home Secretary what modifications he has decided to make in regard to the obligations which he has placed upon women for fire-watching on business premises?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am considering whether any modifications in regard to this and other matters in the Fire Prevention Orders are called for, but I am not at present in a position to make any statement on the subject.

Photo of Mr Oliver Simmonds Mr Oliver Simmonds , Birmingham Duddeston

While considering this matter, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind particularly the rather more objectionable form of incendiary bomb which is now being used and which requires the whole view of the Department towards fire watching to be reviewed?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Yes, Sir, but we have dealt with that, and suitable advice has been issued. We have still to fight fires and prevent them as much as we can.

Photo of Mr George Mathers Mr George Mathers , Linlithgowshire

When does my right hon. Friend expect to announce his decision?