Just prior to the start of the war the British Government introduced Defence Regulations, which had been drafted and constantly revised previous to the declaration. The regulations were intended to protect the country, and to make clear to the population safety and public order issues, as well as controlling vital supplies. As the war progressed more regulations were introduced and enforced. Debates about liberties and rights being surrendered continued amongst the part of the public as Parliament debated the necessity for such legislation. The wide ranging effects varied from criminalising acts which may endanger the public safety to setting out rationing. Some, such as those dealing with rationing, were kept on the books well into post-war era. Here are some of the stories I found in The Times which relate to these Defence Regulations.