HC Deb 27 April 1939 vol 346 c1338W
Mr. Windsor

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the seamen now serving on vessels coasting round Britain have been supplied with gas-masks?

Sir J. Anderson

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave on the 2nd March to the hon. Member for the Cannock Division of Staffordshire (Mr. Adamson). Some 2,300 ships have now been supplied with gas-masks, but I do not know how many of these are engaged in the coasting trade.

Mr. Denville

asked the Lord Privy Seal what arrangements have been made for the issue of gas-masks to actors in touring companies and to other persons of no fixed abode; and whether he is satisfied that the arrangements in this connection are adequate?

Sir J. Anderson

Every local authority will hold a reserve of respirators from which on the occurrence of an emergency they would supply persons then in their area who had not previously obtained respirators.

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