HC Deb 02 August 1898 vol 63 c866

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what are the regulations in the service with reference to the supply of artificial limbs to seamen who, whilst on duty, meet with accidents entailing the amputation of a leg or an arm; and whether it would be practicable in all such cases to supply the injured seaman, on his discharge from hospital, with the best artificial limb procurable free of charge to himself?


It is the practice to supply in such cases, free of charge to the man, the substitute either for arm or leg which is considered to be most suitable to his requirements. The "best artificial limb procurable" is often an elaborate apparatus which frequently gets out of order and would not be so useful to the recipient.