HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 cc1023-4
94. Mr. David Adams

asked the Home Secretary whether he is prepared to permit chemists, doctors, dispensaries, and other persons or institutions coninected with the health services to display a distinctive blue-lighted sign at night, both to enable people returning from work to get medical attention or to have prescriptions dispensed, and to ensure the provision of first-aid facilities for casualties in the event of air-raids?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend is arranging to permit the use of an illuminated sign in shops, including chemists'. Hospitals and first-aid posts are already authorised to use night signs. He has received no representations that a similar concession should be made to doctors.

Mr. Adams

May I inquire when this singular innovation will be introduced all round?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend has had discussions with members of the retail trades organisations, and he hopes the arrangements will be complete in a few-days.

Mr. R. Gibson

Is a particular type of light being specified?

Mr. Mabane indicated assent.