Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence (Napalm Bombing)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Barnett Stross Sir Barnett Stross , Stoke-on-Trent Central 12:00 am, 24th July 1952

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are being made to provide against a possible attack in war by napalm bombing upon the civilian population; and how far instruction is being given to civilian defence personnel on this problem.

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I am advised that the napalm bomb is a tactical weapon which would be very inefficient in use against civilian centres of population. If, nevertheless, it were used against the civilian population of this country, no Civil Defence measures additional to those already contemplated would be needed.

Photo of Sir Barnett Stross Sir Barnett Stross , Stoke-on-Trent Central

Does that mean that the Home Secretary is satisfied that we would have enough centres available for the treatment of the type of burns involved in napalm bombing, and that Civil Defence workers would understand the urgency for immediate removal and treatment?

Photo of Mr David Maxwell Fyfe Mr David Maxwell Fyfe , Liverpool, West Derby

I am never satistied on points on which improvements could obviously be made, and I shall do everything I can to see that the priorities and importances which the hon. Gentleman has mentioned are more widely known.

Photo of Mr Samuel Silverman Mr Samuel Silverman , Nelson and Colne

Does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman see any hope at all of returning to the more civilised practice of pre-20th century days when wars were fought between combatants and when non-combatants still had some rights?