HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1866-7
4. Mr. M. Stewart

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he will investigate the efficacy of the protective clothing issued to airmen engaged on dirty work.

Mr. Ward

The one-piece denim overalls now in general use were introduced in 1950 after extensive trials. I have no evidence that they are not effective.

Mr. Stewart

Is this clothing effective in the opinion of the men who have to use it?

Mr. Ward

The new type of overalls was approved by the Air Ministry Working and Protective Clothing Committee, after consultation with commands and after trying them out at Air Force stations.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can the Minister give a definition of what exactly is meant by "dirty work" in the Royal Air Force?

Mr. Ward

Work that does not take place at the cross-roads.