HC Deb 08 May 1941 vol 371 cc981-2
63. Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether he is providing sunlight, or other treatment, for civil servants and other Government staffs working in rooms bricked-up on account of anti-blast or other purposes; and whether he has consulted the medical profession on this question?

Mr. Hicks

The answer to both parts of the hon. and gallant Member's Question is in the negative. Where windows are bricked up the work is done to provide the most effective protection against blast and splinters, and ventilation is provided. There is obviously a loss of amenity, but Departments have not drawn my attention to any adverse effect on the health of the staffs concerned.

Lieut.-Colonel Heneage

Will my hon. Friend consider that it is too late to send complaints from the Departments; is he aware that some of the hospitals in similar circumstances have installed sunlight treatment; and will he consider installing sunlight baths?

Mr. Hicks

I do not think that the Department will be behind in making any recommendation.