HC Deb 14 February 1940 vol 357 c741
19. Sir J. Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that, on Friday, 2nd February, two inmates of the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar died as a result of carbon dioxide being erroneously placed in an anaesthetic machine and administered during operations; whether adequate steps have now been taken to prevent a recurrence; and whether pecuniary compensation will be given to the relatives or dependants?

Mr. Churchill

I am aware of the very regrettable accident to which my hon. Friend refers. The fullest investigation is being made into all the circumstances, but in the meantime immediate steps are being taken to prevent the recurrence of such a case. For the purpose of payment of pension these men's deaths will be regarded as attributable to Naval service. The question of further compensation will be considered when the inquiries have been completed. I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my sympathy with the relatives of the deceased.