HC Deb 17 February 1937 vol 320 cc1199-200W
Mr. Parker

asked the Home Secretary whether consideration has been given to the use of underground garages as a protection for the population against aerial attack; and whether these are likely to be an adequate defence against thermite bombs or poison gas?

Mr. Lloyd

The whole question of air raid shelters affording protection against gas and against splinters from high explosive bombs is under examination, and the possibility of making use of underground garages and rendering them proof against splinters from high explosive bombs and against incendiary bombs and poison gas is being considered. My Department would be glad to advise the architects of any proposed underground garages and to recommend the extent to which such garages should be used as shelters, having regard to the various considerations of safety involved.