HC Deb 19 February 1957 vol 565 c51W
91. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Supply what experiments have been made at the Chemical Defence Station, Salisbury Plain, on the use of atropine as an antidote to nerve gases; what is the purpose of these; to what extent volunteers were used for the experiments; what proposals he has for issuing this drug to soldiers to be used for self-injection; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

Comprehensive experiments have been carried out over a number of years by the Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment to assess the value of atropine as an antidote against nerve gases and to determine the tolerance of effective dosages by men. The results of these trials, which included experiments with volunteers, have been published in the scientific Press from time to time. No decision has yet been taken to issue this drug to soldiers for self-injection.