HC Deb 21 June 1937 vol 325 cc845-6
62. Mr. Parker

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of his refusal to allow Members of Parliament to purchase Government gas-respirators for carrying out experimental tests, he will now, in the public interest, publish the results of official tests which have been made?

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

The result of exhaustive official tests is that the civilian respirator has been shown to protect effectively the face, eyes, and lungs against any type of gas which, so far as is known, could be used in war.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Are we to understand that these respirators are effective against vesicant gases?

Mr. Lloyd

Yes, as far as the eyes, face, and lungs are concerned.

Mr. Shinwell

Will the hon. Gentleman, in the public interest, reply to the last part of the question, which asks why he refuses to publish the results of the official tests; why does he go on deceiving the public in this fashion?

Mr. Lloyd

I think the House will appreciate that it is not in the public interest to reveal every scientific detail of the tests made by the Government.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the hon. Gentleman publish particulars regarding air raid precautions against gas for children?

Mr. Lloyd indicated assent.

Mr. Macquisten

Do these things only prevent gas going into the mouth?