§ 30. Mr. HOUSTON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether there is delay in supplying artificial limbs and surgical appliances to wounded and mutilated soldiers and sailors who have been discharged from service, thereby causing pain, suffering, and pecuniary loss which might be avoided; and, if there is no delay, can he explain the many complaints which are made by these gallant and suffering men?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of PENSIONS (Colonel Sir A. Griffith-Boscawen)
There has undoubtedly been delay in the past in supplying artificial limbs, owing mainly to the lack of accommodation. During the last two months additional limb-fitting hospitals have been opened at various centres in the United Kingdom, and the services of additional limb makers have been secured. The result will be an immediate reduction in the number of men waiting to be fitted.
§ Mr. HOUSTON
Will the hon. Gentleman see that no further delay occurs with supplying these gallant men with all the appliances they require?
§ Sir A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN
I have already said that we hope to have further accommodation—no less than six limb-fitting hospitals.