§ 14. Mr. TINKER (for Mr. KIRK-WOOD)
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland under what authority Army officers have been giving private lectures 18 in Maryhill Barracks, Glasgow, to members of the Red Cross and Voluntary Aid Detachment on how to deal with victims of gas attacks from the air; are similar lectures being given in other parts of Scotland; and, if so, are these part of an official scheme to prepare for war in the air?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Duff Cooper)
I have been asked to reply. Training in defence measures against gas attacks, whether from the air or otherwise, is part of the normal training of the Army. The Voluntary Aid Detachments provided by the British Red Cross Society undertake to assist the medical services of the Army should they be required in time of emergency, and measures of protection in gas warfare form part of the training given to these detachments. Army officers are accordingly allowed to assist this training by giving lectures.