Civil Defence Corps

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1979.

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Photo of Mr Timothy Raison Mr Timothy Raison , Aylesbury

We have no such intention at present.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Kingston upon Thames Surbiton

Does my hon. Friend agree that, if reconstituted, the corps could help in the event of a non-nuclear war, and could also help to maintain the necessities of life, such as food, water and fuel, in the event of disruptive industrial action?

Photo of Mr Timothy Raison Mr Timothy Raison , Aylesbury

It is important not to confuse the organised training and use of volunteers and civil defence for war emergencies with contingency planning to protect the public against the effects of strikes. Those are different matters.