May 24, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

Mr. Speaker, if Field Marshal Montgomery was referring to the dangers of the fall-out, then, of course, there is no disagreement as to what should be done. Obviously basements and shelters at least three feet in the ground are at the present time the known available effective defences against the fall-out. I was not present when Field Marshal Montgomery spoke to the newspapermen and I can only speak from hearsay and interpret what he actually did say, but my judgment is that he had reference to the European scene and that he was thinking particularly of the period when we might be confronted with intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Topic:   CIVIL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   EVACUATION OF CITIES-STATEMENT BY FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY
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