Canlyniadau 41–60 o 1039 ar gyfer speaker:Mr Malcolm Macdonald

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: In the first place, this was an appointment for the London Region, a much larger area than the London County area. In the second place, I had a discussion with representatives of the County Council before the appointment was made, both about the appointment and about the person proposed. They had full information before it was made, and I do not think I am revealing anything which should be...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Not necessarily. The hon. and learned Gentleman is a part of the London regional organisation. In London there are particularly difficult problems, owing to the large number of local authorities and the complicated distribution of functions between them, and I think the appointment, which is one for the purpose of co-ordinating and directing the different functions of these local authorities,...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: In many cases they are paid, and in many others they are voluntary workers. In addition to those 73 first-line centres which are open, there are 21 other first-line centres which are standing by at which the full complement of staff is available. In addition, there are a good many what are called third-line centres which are open and working to-day, and in the great majority of those also...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I was saying that we have sent a circular to all local authorities impressing upon them the importance, if they have not done it already, of establishing such a central office.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I am afraid I cannot answer that question. I have seen centres in certain boroughs, which I will not mention. Before coming to the House, I tried to get the latest information, but there was a certain amount of interruption of telephone communications, and I could not get the latest figures. This organisation exists in a minority of boroughs at present; the majority still have not got a...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I entirely agree. This seems to me to be an essential part of a proper machine. I do not say that we shall have exactly the same organisation in every borough, as there will be certain local differences, but in principle, the bringing together of the officers who can give help to the homeless into one large room or building Is an essential part of the problem of caring for the people who are...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: In certain large boroughs, or boroughs which have a very elongated anatomy, such as that to which the hon. Member refers, one centre would not be sufficient. It is essential that the Unemployment Assistance Board should co-operate with the others, and where anything is missing in this connection we will certainly take the matter up with them and see what can be done.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Certainly, in the last resort they could, but if people do these things by consent, it is better than using the big stick.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: It is not only 21 teams that are ready; there are also 21 buildings ready, equipped to be opened at any moment, and they are scattered throughout the boroughs. I think they are sufficiently scattered to be able to deal with any problem which arises in any part of the London region.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I should be very grateful if hon. Members who have cases of that sort will let us have them as soon as they occur, so that we can take appropriate action to improve the situation. I have spoken of the care of the people while they are in the food and rest centres, but, of course, it is an important part of the whole policy that these centres should be kept as clear as possible, that people...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Yes, they are restricted, but they may use them in the very last resort—absolutely in the last resort. Even in those cases where they are used billeting officers must obtain authority from higher up. Generally speaking, there is a restriction on the use of condemned houses. Some of these houses are being used for other purposes, such as extempore air-raid shelters for which purpose they may...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Putting people in condemned houses is a matter which needs careful watching. I would not be willing to give authority unless we were entirely satisfied that such repairs had been done as would take care of the health of the people concerned during the difficult months which lie ahead owing to weather conditions. But there are other resources which we can call into being to solve this...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: No.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Perhaps the House will understand, if I have not made it clear, when I say that we have more houses requisitioned and ready to receive homeless people in certain boroughs, as, for instance, in the West End, than we have homeless people willing to go into these houses. The homeless people refuse to move to these boroughs. One of the great features of the situation is that the dogged insistance...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: That is so, but it is first a matter of sentiment with them. The hon. Member knows more about it than I do, and I give way to him on that question, but there is a great deal of sentiment in it. People are not willing to leave their own localities if they can possibly help it. This strong sentimental tie exists among people who are not tied for economic reasons. I agree that, apart from...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I am glad that my hon. Friend has interrupted, because I did not mean to leave the impression that passes are necessarily to be free. It might be possible to provide cheap workmen's tickets. We have to solve this problem by finding hostels in places where they exist and finding the transport to take people from the hostels to their work.

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I think I am right in saying that his powers are sufficient for the purpose the hon. Member has in mind, but where they are not sufficient he is free to come and ask for more powers. That is well understood. I would add a paragraph about one other way of dealing with the homeless. That is by taking them out of London altogether. In many ways that is the most satisfactory solution of the...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: We are using the neutral areas because there is not room in the old reception areas for the large numbers of people whom we hope will become involved in this movement. If there are cases in which proper notice has not been given, I should like to hear of them, because it is essential that the reception areas should receive adequate notice so that they may make proper preparations for the...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: Consideration has been given to that type of case, and the position is this. The reception areas are very full. They have an enormous number of troops, a large body of people who have been evacuated from the East and Southeast coasts, and they have the original evacuees and self evacuees. Although there is still room for large numbers of people in the reception areas, there is a limit to that...

Air-Raid Precautions. ( 9 Hyd 1940)

Mr Malcolm Macdonald: I meant an episode in human history.


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