HC Deb 20 March 1923 vol 161 c2329

asked the Under-Secretary to the Scottish Board of Health what is the total amount allocated in grants to Scottish local authorities for the treatment of venereal disease in the last six months of 1922; what is the amount of grants allocated to the same authorities for child-welfare schemes in the same period; what was the total expenditure of the Glasgow Corporation on venereal disease treatment for the last six months of 1922; and the amount expended on child welfare?

Captain ELLIOT

I regret that I cannot give the information in the precise form asked for. As regards the first two parts of the question, the Board's estimate for 1922–23 provides for grant amounting to £65,000 in respect of treatment of venereal disease and £120,000 in respect of maternity service and child welfare schemes. As regards the third and fourth parts of the question, I am informed that the Corporation of Glasgow state that their expenditure in the six months ended 30th November last was £15,955 on venereal disease treatment and £18,215 on child welfare.


Does the hon. and gallant Gentleman think the victims of a disease contracted through the folly of the diseased person are morally entitled to the same consideration from the State as the innocent victims of poverty, and if he does not, will he see that distribution by the State of grants is made in a way which will enable the innocent victims to obtain better treatment?


The hon. Member can discuss that on the Estimates.