HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 c929
32. Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Home Secretary whether he has any statement to make regarding the dangers to the civil population of the possible use of a new war gas by the enemy?

Sir J. Anderson

I assume that the gas which my hon. and gallant Friend has in mind is arseniuretted hydrogen, the properties and limitations of which have long been well known to every competent chemist. The present civilian respirator gives protection against this gas and, as at present advised, I do not consider that any further measures are necessary.

Rear-Admiral Beamish

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that if the public are warned, as they have been in the present instance, they are prepared to accept any risk and any sacrifice?

Sir J. Anderson

I think that my answer to the Question on the Paper is that protection is afforded by the civilian respirator.