Cabinet Secretaries' notebooks (CAB 195/19): Civil Defence
Existing p'mme is breaking down : must have a viable policy.
Hope Cab. will approve x p'mme. On that basis I wd. negotiate with Ch/Ex. some redns. eg. on gas electricity ports & prs. oil, which wd. reduce cost. This p'mme avoids heavy cost on food stocking.
If we were strictly logical, we shd. conclude that none of this is worth while. But believe it is politically impossible to scrap C.D.
Therefore I accept concln. tht. some increase in cost is inevitable.
My main objn. to X is tht. it rises. Wd. like to see if some of that cd. be dropped.
Doubts about printing.
So have I.
Don't cut into water p'mme which is a minimum.
Agreed : Ty. and H.O. to work out p'mme of X. minus.
Evacuation. No Govt. wd. ever order planned evacuation - for it wd. start 100% rush from big cities. On that basis, our problem is one of presentn. The 12 m. plan is un-workable. At 6 m. plan is possible (tho' I believe nonsensical : because vulnerable cities wd. be proclaimed non evacuable and because area of devastn. wd. be larger than evacuation area). On balance recommend opening discn. with l.a.'s on basis of 6 m. - w'out commitment to the plan.
It wd. educate p. opinion to limitns. of practical planning.
N.A.T.O. allies wd. expect us to do something.
P'pone decision on this. We can discuss elsewhere - eg. Def. Cttee.
Taken from C.C. 65(60) - Meeting held on 21 December 1960