HC Deb 20 May 1924 vol 173 cc1984-5
19. Mr. BECKER

asked the Secretary of State for War if his Department is fully acquainted with the development of poison gas for war purposes by foreign countries; in view of the great dangers to which our civil population would be put, will he consider means of instructing the public whereby they can protect themselves against enemy gas attacks; and will he consider the advisability of supplying gas masks to every civilian?


The Department is fully aware that the development of gas appliances is engaging attention in various foreign countries With regard to the last part of the question, the protection of our civil population is receiving consideration.


Could not this necessity be obviated if steps were taken to instruct the British in the elementary principles of patriotism?

Viscount CURZON

Does the right hon. Gentleman's answer apply also to the Russian Army?