asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that some air raid precautions casualty services in rural districts in Gloucestershire are still with-out steel helmets, respirators or uniforms, and that local officials have hitherto not been instructed to sanction their issue; and what the policy of his Department is in this matter?
I am informed that the numbers of steel helmets and respirators held by the Gloucestershire County Council are sufficient for all the members of Civil Defence general services entitled to them. The provision of uniforms is at the discretion of the county council within set limits, and I understand that all uniforms ordered from my Department have been supplied. If my hon. Friend will send me particulars of the shortages which he has in mind, I will make inquiries, but if he is referring to personnel attending first aid points, the only equipment at present authorised is steel helmets for a limited number.