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Civil Defence Act 1939

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51Duties of local authorities

It shall be the duty of the council of every county and county borough—

(a)to provide, in such premises under their control as are reasonably available for the purpose, for the storage and preservation of such medical stores and equipment acquired by the Minister under this Part of this Act as the Minister may direct;

(b)to execute such works (other than the erection of new buildings) as the Minister may require for the purpose of rendering any premises under the control of the council suitable for a hospital for the treatment of casualties occurring in Great Britain from hostile attack or for the purpose of protecting persons in hospitals under the control of the council from injury in the event of hostile attack;

(c)to hold at every hospital under the control of the council specified by the Minister such drugs and other medical stores, beds, mattresses and bedding and other ward equipment as the Minister may direct, so however that the quantity thereof shall not exceed—

(i)in the case of drugs and other medical stores, the quantity ordinarily used in the hospital in the course of a period of four weeks;

(ii)in the case of beds and mattresses, eleven-tenths of the number of beds and mattresses ordinarily kept in the wards;

(iii)in the case of bedding, six-fifths of the quantity of bedding required for the beds ordinarily kept in the wards; and

(iv)in the case of other ward equipment, six-fifths of the quantity thereof ordinarily kept in the wards.

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