§ 31. Mr. Gallacher
asked the Home Secretary whether it is proposed to make any charge for replacement or repair of gas-masks where defects are due not to lack of care but to normal wear and tear or to deficiencies in the mask itself?
§ Sir J. Anderson
Members of the public are expected to take reasonable care of the respirators issued to them, and until respirators have been worn under air-raid conditions no question of normal wear and tear should arise. No charge will be made for the replacement or repair of a respirator lost or damaged during an air raid, or during a time when a public air-raid warning is in operation in the area in which the loss or damage occurs; nor will a charge be made if a respirator is found to have been issued in a defective condition.