HC Deb 02 December 1930 vol 245 c1993W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether any poison gas experiments have been made on volunteers or compulsorily other than for the treatment of skin burns or for the protection afforded by respirators; and, if not, what method is pursued for testing and proving the efficiency of poison gas or its antidote?


No persons undergo tests compulsorily. The tests on volunteers are solely of the nature of those referred to in the first part of the question. As regards the last part of the question, as my hon. Friend is aware, experiments in connection with protection against gas are made on animals, and as I have already pointed out to him there is no reason to believe that the results of those experiments will not be applicable to the protection and treatment of human beings.