HC Deb 22 January 1941 vol 368 cc202-3W
Rear-Admiral Beamish

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to a simple and cheap device for the protection of the shoulders of fire fighters and others exposed to the danger from falling debris; and whether he will have enquiries made and steps taken with a view to reintroducing such an ancient safeguard.

Mr. H. Morrison

Shoulder plates are in use in some fire brigades, but the standard type, if substantial enough to give effective protection, tends to restrict the wearer's freedom of action. A new type is now being tested in actual working conditions, and if found satisfactory the possibility of its adoption for services requiring it will be considered.