HC Deb 04 April 1940 vol 359 c300
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.

Mr. Simmonds

Is a repair organisation in existence?

Sir J. Anderson

Yes, Sir.