HC Deb 03 June 1937 vol 324 cc1155-6
21. Sir Thomas Cook

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has any statement to make in respect to Government grants for schemes of air raid precautions?

19. Mr. A. Jenkins

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that a number of local authorities are reluctant to incur expenditure on works in connection with air raid precautions until the Government have indicated the amount of grant to be paid; and can he state when the Government will inform the local authorities of the amount of grant to be paid?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

I regret that I am unable to add anything to the reply which I gave to a number of questions on this subject on 8th April.

24. Mr. Sutcliffe

asked the Home Secretary how the issue of gas-masks to the public is to be effected; whether these will be stored in all towns; and how, in a case of emergency, access to such stores will be arranged?

Mr. Lloyd

The detailed arrangements for the issue of gas masks to the public in the event of an emergency are not yet complete, but it can be stated that the respirators will be stored in all towns or districts likely to be subjected to attack from the air, and will be distributed from the store to the individuals at their homes.

Mr. Keeling

Can my hon. Friend say how many of these respirators or gas masks are now available?

Mr. Lloyd

Approximately 8,000,000.

Mr. McGovern

Will these gas masks be available for those who live in the slums to use every day?

Mr. Lloyd

They will be issued free of charge by the Government to all in need in the event of an emergency.

Mr. Kirby

Who is to decide whether a town may or may not be involved in air raids?