HC Deb 23 June 1927 vol 207 cc2041-2
35. Mr. BROAD

asked the Minister of Health what local authorities undertake orthopedic treatment for children below school age; what authorities work in conjunction with voluntary agencies; and whether in all cases the Ministry defrays 50 per cent. of the cost to the authority?


The councils of 35 administrative counties, 36 county boroughs, and 58 other boroughs or urban districts in England and Wales have made arrangements for the orthopædic treatment of children below school age, and all of them except one work in conjunction with voluntary agencies as respects the whole or part of their arrangements. In all cases but one, in which the cost is


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The answer to the second part involves a tabular statement which, with my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The earliest date at which maternity benefit became payable was the 13th January, 1913. As regards the third part, I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of a Report on maternal mortality by Dame Janet Campbell.

Following is the statement:

defrayed out of trust funds, a grant amounting to 50 per cent. of the approved net expenditure of the local authority on the service is paid by the Ministry.