HC Deb 17 February 1914 vol 58 cc765-6

asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the fact that there are 5,000 blind people in the workhouses, 5,000 in receipt of parish relief, 7,000 begging their bread in the streets, and 3,000 employed in institutions whose average wages are less than 10s. per week, and in view of the statement that there are charities for the blind amounting to between two and three millions, he will consider the need for an inquiry into the condition of the blind with the object of devising some scheme of national assistance which will remove these people from having to accept pauper relief or beg for their bread?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

I will certainly consider the hon. Member's suggestion.