HC Deb 22 December 1988 vol 144 c425W
Mr. Cryer

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if all the gas masks issued during the 1939–45 war which contained asbestos have been collected and destroyed; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

Wartime equipment, including gas masks, issued to the public was recalled in 1945. The number of gas masks remaining in private hands is not known but advice has been given from time to time that, because of the potential health hazard from asbestos in the filters, anyone still in possession of a wartime gas mask should contact his local environmental health officer for advice on its safe disposal.

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