North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Meeting)

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 19th December 1957

asked the Prime Minister what consideration was given at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Conference in Paris to measures of Civil Defence.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

I have been asked to reply.

None, Sir.

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is not the Lord Privy Seal aware that defence of the civilian population is a very important topic which should not be overlooked? Will the Lord Privy Seal, who is in charge of Civil Defence, mention to the Prime Minister that we might hear a little about how the civilian population is to be defended in a rocket war?

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

The machinery of N.A.T.O. already provides a comprehensive system for the review Of Civil Defence and I can only give the answer to the Question, to the best of my ability, from the information I have received from Paris.