HC Deb 25 February 1986 vol 92 cc804-5
16. Mr. Leigh

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he proposes to give guidance on the level of stocks required of first aid and pharmaceutical materials to be held at community first aid posts; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Whitney

Stocks of medical and domestic equipment are held in five depots managed by Crown Suppliers. Consideration is currently being given to the size of the stocks and ways and means of dispersal. Stocks of analgesics are held by some health authorities. These could form part of the provision for community first aid posts.

The question of stocks of drugs, pharmaceuticals, and first aid dressings required for the management of casualties in war is a complex one, and officials in a working group are examining this separately.

Mr. Leigh

Will those manning the first aid posts be adequately trained?

Mr. Whitney

Yes. This is one of the aspects that we are urgently considering.