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proposed division, conclusions which, perhaps, did not take
full account of the warning with which he ended his remarks.
What I have called apparent indifference did not arise from
the relief of hon. Members at the notion that my right hon.
Friend was not likely to contemplate major increases in
taxation in the next financial year. I think this changed
attitude to which I have referred is due to the sense which,
I believe, was prevalent not only in the House but generally
throughout the country, that the long period of effort and
preparation and organisation of our programme of defence
is now at last beginning to bear visible fruit, and that we are
conscious, all of us, that even in the last few months the
output of weapons and equipment and munitions of all kinds
has shown a marked increase, and, more than that, has shown
that the great care, the great amount of thought and the
great amount of work which had been put into this programme
have been wisely expended and are now giving us the fruits
of our labour.
" We are not in these two days proposing to devote any
great amount of attention to the subject of civil defence;
that is reserved for a later occasion. We all know that the
provision for civil defence has somewhat lagged behind the
preparations that have been made in the three more active
branches of defence. But in the case of civil defence, under
the hand of my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal, the
organisation of the necessary measures is now falling into
place, and I think it will not be very long before we are
able to say of air-raid precautions and kindred measures
that they, too, are giving us the results we desire to see.
" The hon. Member for Bishop Auckland (Mr. Dalton)
made one criticism upon the White Paper which, perhaps,
I should notice. He said that it contained nothing new about
Co-ordination of Defence. If I may say so, I think that that
criticism is based upon a misunderstanding, because if hon.
Members will look at the introductory paragraph they will
see it explained there that each statement on defence which
has been published in successive years has dealt with some
aspects of His Majesty's Government's general policy in
defence methods, and in the second paragraph the introduction
points out that: