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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionReal A.R.P. policy at last.
Extent1 item
Published byEvening Standard
Date02 Nov 1938
Size39 x 57.6cm
Techniqueblack ink/blue crayon
Embedded text or transcriptWarden
Sam Hoare
Mr C.
Local Authorities
It now becomes clear just what all those sandheaps in our parks are for.
Person DepictedHalifax; Edward Frederick Lindley Wood (1881-1959); Earl of
Simon; John Allsebrook (1873-1954); 1st Viscount
Hoare; Samuel John Gurney (1880-1959); Sir
Chamberlain; Neville (Arthur Neville) (1869-1940)
Colonel Blimp; (fictional)
Implied texthead in sand
NotesA.R.P. House of Commons rejects Labour Censure Motion. - The House of Commons debated a Labour motion on Nov. 3 which condemned the Government for "admitted unpreparedness" in the defence of the civilian population in the recent crisis. The debate was opened for the Labour Party by Mr. Herbert Morrison, who, criticising the defects of A.R.P., spoke particularly of his experience of the organisation in London ... Sir Samuel Hoare, Home Secretary, in reply, claimed that, in spite of the defects, the British A.R.P. organisation would bear comparison with that of any country except Germany, and he spoke of the recruitment of 1,000,000 volunteers and the distribution of 30,000,000 gas masks in a very short time ... The trenches dug would have sheltered 1,000,000 people. The Government's ultimate aim was to provide blast-proof accommodation for all men, women and children. ... Mr. Hore-Belisha Secretary for War, replied to the debate. He said that by the middle of 1939 national requirements in connection with the production of the 3.7 in. gun would be practically completed. In addtion, the 4.5 in. gun was already beginning slowly to appear, although the design and details were only approved for manufacture in 1937. The Labour censure motion was rejected by 355 votes to 130, and a Government amendment moved by Sir Samuel Hoare agreed to. This stated that, while taking full note of existing deficiences in civilian defence, the House welcomed the Government's decision to entrust responsibility to a Minister appointed for that purpose, and fully approved the Government's determination to complete rearmament measures with the utmost speed. [Keesing's Contemporary Archives p.3306]
civil defence
Proverbs and sayings
government departments
HM Treasury
government policy
Human beings
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkReturned to Beaverbrook Foundation, 1998
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