Local Authority Executives (Nuclear Shelters)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th May 1983.

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Photo of Mr Allan Roberts Mr Allan Roberts , Bootle 12:00 am, 5th May 1983

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether instructions have been issued to chief executives of local authorities to be based within a certain radius of a nuclear shelter.

Photo of Mr Allan Roberts Mr Allan Roberts , Bootle

Will the Minister explain why the metropolitan borough of Sefton is spending £l million to move the chief executive's office from Bootle to leafy Southport to be near the nuclear fall-out bunker so that, when the four-minute warning comes, he can get there, but the people of Bootle cannot? Is he aware that it is a waste of money because, when last there was a practice run, he arrived without the key, the caretaker had to be sent for and he arrived an hour later on a bicycle?

Photo of Sir Patrick Mayhew Sir Patrick Mayhew , Royal Tunbridge Wells

That just goes to show the value of exercises. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will do all that he can to drive home the importance of that lesson.