HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 cc549-50W
Mr. Bull

asked the Home Secretary (1) what representations he has received from local authorities in favour of the provision of midwives and doctors in evacuation districts with civilian duty respirators; and whether, in any case, he will consult representative local authorities to ascertain their views on the matter;

(2) whether it is his intention to provide doctors and midwives in evacuation areas with protective clothing and special gas masks for use in air raids when they may be carrying on normal or special activities; how much of this equipment has been issued; how it is being issued; in which districts it is being issued; to whom application for it should be made; and when it is expected that distribution will be completed?

Sir J. Anderson

I have had one or two such representations, and others have, I believe, been made to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health. I regret that I cannot undertake to extend the issue of special respirators and anti-gas equipment to persons outside the public air-raid precautions services and the emergency hospital service.

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