Hot-Water Bottles

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence – in the House of Commons on 10th September 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that, having regard to the cessation of production of aluminium and indiarubber hot-water bottles, he has made provision for all reasonable requirements of hospitals and other users in alternative materials; and, if so, in what material?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

Yes, Sir. My right hon. Friend has arranged with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Supply that while supplies permit rubber will be made available for the production of a strictly limited number of rubber hot-water bottles to meet the requirements of hospitals and similar institutions. He has also arranged with the President of the Board of Trade for the production of a reasonable quantity of stone-ware and earthenware hot-water bottles which will be available for the general public.

Photo of Mr Ian Hannah Mr Ian Hannah , Wolverhampton Bilston

Is anything being done about glass hot-water bottles?

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Dundee

I am informed that ordinary screw-top glass bottles can be made to serve the purpose.