I have read in textbooks and websites that hydrogen gas needs to be bubbled into the SHE (Standard Hydrogen Electrode). I understand why for oxidation of the half cell - the gas is oxidised into H+ (aq) and the electrons move into the other half cell. Anions from the salt bridge then move to maintain cell neutrality.
However, I fail to understand why hydrogen gas needs to be bubbled into the cell during reduction, as hydrogen intake is not needed. As H+ (aq) gets reduced into gas, it will just bubble out whereever it is formed, not necessarily through the tube. Cations from the salt bridge move to maintain neutrality.
I suspect that it is something to do to maintain stability/neutrality. Can anyone please help?