HC Deb 04 August 1919 vol 119 c13
30. Mr. A. SHORT

asked the Minister of Health whether he was aware that 700 sightless persons lived in London on less than 10s. each per week; whether similar circumstances prevailed in the provinces; and whether he would expedite legislation to deal with the problem of these sightless peoples?


The Advisory Committee on the Blind have compiled much valuable information and statistics, which are under consideration at the Ministry of Health, both as to London and the rest of England. Certain Exchequer Grants-in-Aid are about to be disbursed to assist various agencies in their work for the blind, for which the regulations that have been prepared, after consultation with that Committee, will be issued in a few days. In reply to the concluding paragraph of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given on Wednesday last to the hon. Member for the Duddesdon Division of Birmingham on the matter.


Can the hon. Member undertake to produce legislation on this matter?


It is obvious I cannot undertake that, but my hon. Friend will see that the matter is being dealt with.