Shelters (Anti-Gas Measures).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 4th June 1942.

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Mr. Graham White:

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will inform the House what instructions have been given to shelter-wardens for their conduct in case of gas attack; and whether all public air-raid shelters with a scheduled accommodation for over 50 persons have been gas-proofed?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

Instructions have been given that the shelter wardens should receive basic wardens' training, or a simplified form of such training, both of which include training in anti-gas measures. In addition, directions have been issued that instruction should be given to wardens in charge of shelters on arrangements for the safety, comfort and convenience of the public. As regards the second part of the Question, I am sending my hon. Friend copies of circulars which were addressed to local authorities concerning the gas proofing of shelters. The matter is being kept under constant review in the light of the relevant factors obtaining.

Mr. White:

May I ask whether any refresher has been sent out, in view of the war situation?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I do not think so, speaking from memory. I doubt whether it is necessary, but I will consider that point.