HC Deb 08 May 1939 vol 347 cc28-9
56. Sir John Mellor

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, after consultation with the medical profession, he will make special arrangements for a supply of gasmasks to be available to hospitals and practitioners of the type found most convenient for surgical operations?

Captain Dugdale (Lord of the Treasury)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend has arranged, in consultation with the Ministry of Health, that all medical and nursing personnel in hospitals or first aid posts in vulnerable areas shall be supplied with the civilian duty type of respirator.

Sir J. Mellor

Do recent experiments confirm that this type is the best for the purpose?

Captain Dugdale

So I am given to understand.

42. Mr. Errington

asked the Minister of Labour what proportion of workers for the erection of air-raid precautions shelters in Liverpool and Bootle, respectively, are obtained from the local Employment Exchanges?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In Liverpool, arrangements recently made provide that any contractor, for each of his own men whom he employs, should engage one man through the exchange. Up to 5th May, 279 vacancies had been notified and filled through the Employment Exchange for this work. Work has not yet started on the erection of shelters at Bootle, but it is estimated that about 100 men may be required by the corporation and all engagements will be made through the Employment Exchange.

Mr. Errington

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the contractors are getting men, not through the Employment Exchanges but from other sources?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I think that has been remedied.

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