Industrial and Commercial Organisations (Discussions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1950.

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Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 27th July 1950

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the fact that certain representative industrial organisations were approached by him some two years ago to appoint representatives who could be called into consultation on matters relating to civil defence in industry, he will say what steps are now being taken to implement the invitations then issued and when consultations on the relevant matters may be expected to commence.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I hope that discussions between the Civil Defence Joint Planning Staff and representatives of industrial and commercial organisations will begin in September.

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Is the Minister aware that many firms are willing and anxious to cooperate with the Government on Civil Defence and are awaiting guidanceā€”for example, on the subject of recruitment and on the question as to whether they ought to be organising separate Civil Defence units within their factories?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

I made a statement some weeks ago in which I suggested that, while the matter was still in abeyance, employees of such firms would be well advised to join the local Civil Defence organisation, and that if an organisation for their particular place of employment was subsequently started they would be free to join that.

Photo of Sir Allan Noble Sir Allan Noble , Chelsea

Does the answer of the Minister mean that no discussions have yet taken place on shelters?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

There have been some informal discussions.

Photo of Brigadier Sir Otho Prior-Palmer Brigadier Sir Otho Prior-Palmer , Worthing

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think that, in view of the international situation, these discussions should be brought forward to an earlier date?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

No, I do not think that that would be possible.