HC Deb 11 March 1937 vol 321 c1361W
Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Home Secretary what steps, if any, His Majesty's Government intends taking to see that the gas masks for sale in this country conform to the Home Office specifications?

Mr. Lloyd

A procedure has been arranged under which private manufacturers may be licensed to affix a Home Office Certification Mark to respirators of their own or Government design, which comply with a Government performance specification. Under this procedure manufacturers are required to submit specimens for examination and a test of performance. If the article is satisfactory a licence is granted to affix the Home Office Certification Mark. This licence remains in force for six months and thereafter until brought to an end by the Government. The process of manufacture, the components of respirators and completed respirators are subject to Government inspection.

Mr. Davidson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, what provision is contemplated for the protection of the Members of this House in the event of an air raid whilst the House is sitting?

Mr. R. S. Hudson

(for the First Commissioner of Works): I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 8th March to the hon. Member for Rochdale (Mr. Kelly).