asked the Home Secretary what action has been taken with university authorities in general, and Edinburgh in particular, in relation to anti-poison-gas instruction; whether this has been included in the curriculum as a compulsory subject by his order; what authority he has for such action; and whether it is intended to impose any penalty upon students who object to take such a subject as part of their studies in the public health course?
My right hon. Friend has appointed a number of medical instructors in anti-gas precautions who, amongst their duties, will give instruction to medical students in accordance with arrangements which have been made with the authorities of universities and medical schools. The question whether this subject should be taught on a compulsory or voluntary basis is a matter entirely for the authorities responsible for medical education.
Are the hon. Gentleman and the Home Secretary himself aware that, apart from those students who think that to have this instruction is to give way to the idea that war is inevitable, there is a strong body of opinion that they are being, in this way, included in what may be described as the Government's military machine, and that it is on that ground that the objection is raised to the compulsory nature of the instruction?
asked the Home Secretary whether it is the intention of the Air Raids Precautions Department to issue a handbook free to the public on air raid precautions; if so, when such handbooks will be issued; and if and to what extent such handbooks have yet been printed?
As I have previously stated, this matter is under active consideration. A large number of important details are involved, and I will inform the House as soon as I am in a position to do so.