HC Deb 28 July 1955 vol 544 c190W
72. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will give an assurance that the standard Army respirators are proof against nerve gas; to what extent nerve gas penetrates the skin; and what kind of clothing is required to afford protection.

Mr. Head

Army respirators, when properly put on, will give complete protection against nerve gas. Liquid nerve gas can penetrate the skin rapidly and cause casualties. Protective clothing would, therefore, be provided if necessary.