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Artist or CreatorDavid Low (1891-1963)
Title or CaptionReal A.R.P. policy at last.
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Published byEvening Standard
Date02 Nov 1938
Embedded text or transcriptWarden Halifax Simon Sam Hoare Mr C. Treasury 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]
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