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Oral Answers to Questions — Church Bells (Ringing, Christmas Morning)

– in the House of Commons on 3rd December 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Prime Minister whether he will permit the ringing of church bells on Christmas morning?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

This matter is under consideration.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

In view of the fact that in many parts of the country the bells were not heard at all, and therefore will be useless as an invasion signal, will my right hon. Friend reconsider the whole position with a view to allowing the bells to be rung regularly on Sundays?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

I do not quite understand the point. My hon. Friend says the bells were not heard.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

May I make it plain that in some parts of the country the bells were not heard at all? Therefore they are no use as an invasion signal. Why not use sirens as an invasion signal and allow the bells to be rung for the purposes for which they were intended?

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how soon the consideration is likely to be completed?

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Would the bells be rung if the death of Hitler was announced?