HC Deb 22 April 1926 vol 194 c1361
19. Colonel DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education if he is aware of the consequences of attacks of sleepy sickness, resulting in entire changes of mental outlook and homicidal tendencies in young people; and, in view of the danger of certification under the Elementary Education (Defective and Epileptic Children) Act, will he consider the provision of special schools for children to receive recreative treatment?

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Lord Eustace Percy)

If, as I assume, the hon. Member is referring to encephalitis lethargica, the answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the latter part, provision has been made by the Metropolitan Asylums Board for a hundred children suffering from the after-effects of this disease, and I understand that. the possibility of making similar provision in the North of England is being explored.


asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the increasing number of cases of encephalitis lethargica, he is prepared to provide accommodation for adults suffering from the mental after-effects of this disease in London?


I can at the moment say no more than that the question of the best means of providing for such cases as those mentioned is receiving careful consideration by the Departments concerned.

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