HC Deb 28 March 1938 vol 333 cc1625-6
50. Sir N. Grattan-Doyle

asked the First Commissioner of Works what provision is being made in Government offices to protect the staffs employed against air attack?

Sir P. Sassoon

A survey of all Government buildings with a view to selecting the most suitable accommodation for refuge purposes is well in hand. Accommodation which provides the best structural protection against blast and splinter is being selected, and it is also proposed to provide against the dangers of gas and broken window glass. First-aid posts will also be provided. Arrangements have been made for dealing with the risk of fire from air attack—I gave details of these in an answer to a question on Thursday last by my hon. Friend the Member for the Moss-Side Division of Manchester (Mr. Rostron Duckworth). The training of staff in anti-gas precautions in Government offices and the organisation of first-aid parties is not a matter for my Department, but I understand that a good deal of progress has been made.