HC Deb 09 March 1936 vol 309 cc1802-3
73. Mr. SANDYS

asked the Home Secretary what percentage of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom have gone through a course of study in the treatment of the various types of poison gas cases?


I regret that I cannot give the figure asked for. I understand, however, that apart from doctors who have been attached at some time to one of the defence services, comparatively few medical practitioners in this country have received specific training in the treatment of gas casualties. It is hoped to provide a certain number of courses for doctors at the civilian anti-gas school which will be opened shortly: but this is not regarded as an adequate solution of the problem, and it is proposed to discuss the position with the authorities responsible for medical education.


Will my hon. Friend say when he hopes to be in a position to make a full statement as to the steps which are considered necessary?


I could not say at present.

Viscountess ASTOR

If we are to have 25 years of peace perhaps we shall not need to take these steps.