HC Deb 04 November 1918 vol 110 c1776

asked the Pensions Minister (1) whether schemes for the domiciliary visiting of discharged men who have been treated for tuberculosis have been before the Director of Medical Services of his Department for the whole of this year; how long it is likely to be before any decision on the matter can be expected; (2) whether any appointments have been made in connection with the after-care of discharged men who have received treatment for tuberculosis; how much of the £20,000 a year, sanctioned by the Treasury, has already been expended this year; and when was sanction received for the utilisation of this money?


A scheme for the domiciliary visiting of discharged men suffering from tuberculosis has been under consideration by my Department during the last six months, and has now been settled in consultation with the Local Government Board and the National Health Insurance Commission. Sanction for the necessary expenditure was received on 17th May last, but no part of the expenditure has yet been incurred nor, I understand, have any new appointments been made. The Local Government Board will very shortly issue the necessary instructions to the local authorities concerned. I would add that the present scheme is an extension of the arrangements for visiting and after-care which are already being carried out by local authorities in many areas.