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Civil Defence (Hydrogen Bomb)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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58.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of steel helmets issued to Civil Defence workers during the past year; and whether, in view of the development of thermo-nuclear weapons, he now proposes to continue issuing this equipment for Civil Defence purposes.

Seven thousand steel helmets were issued last year for the purpose of training of the Civil Defence Corps. The Civil Defence equipment programme is at present under review and, in the meantime, no further orders are being placed for steel helmets.

69.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the effect of the recent bomb experiments in the Pacific and the certainty that conventional methods of civilian defence are futile against these weapons, what recommendation has he given to the subject of Civil Defence.

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 1st April to the hon. Members for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) and Cardiff, West (Mr. G. Thomas).

75.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will be able to give guidance to Civil Defence organisations as to the preparations they should make in the light of the recent development of hydrogen bombs.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, North (Mr. Llewellyn) on 5th April.