20 SEPTEMBER 1940, Page 3

It is, however, no secret that some discussion took place

on the condition of London and that the discussion served a most useful purpose in conveying to Ministers helpful and constructive criticism. Total war demands heroic and far- reaching measures, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that civilians are exposed to more danger than soldiers in many cases. The front line runs through any poor man's home, and therefore it will be necessary to treat every man and woman as on a war footing. If his house is lost he must be fed and rebilleted immediately. Repair squads on a far larger scale will be necessary to deal with the debris in South and East London. Health conditions will need a more comprehensive eye than separate local authorities can provide. The units of local government will need reinforcing without using the com- plete Regional Commissioner's staff.