HC Deb 27 July 1922 vol 157 c653

asked the Minister of Pensions whether it is proposed to close the Lonsdale House, Poynders Road, Clapham; whether he is aware that this home provides for the care of 32 permanently paralysed soldiers incurably paralysed by wounds received in the Great War who have lived together in this house for nearly four years; that the lease of the house has been given free of charge for 14 years, and all rates and taxes guaranteed by voluntary subscription; whether it is now proposed to break up this community and scatter the paralysed patients among various wards of different hospitals and homes; if so, whether on grounds of humanity and in response to the unanimous wishes of the patients, he will reconsider such a decision, if any; and whether, before any action is taken, he will receive a deputation of Members of Parliament and others interested in maintaining the continued existence of this home?


I am glad to be able to assure my hon. and gallant Friend that this hospital is not being closed. Arrangements are being made under which my Department will have the use of it on a capitation basis. Perhaps I may be permitted to express my sincere appreciation of the generous and helpful attitude taken by those interested in this home.