HC Deb 22 November 1927 vol 210 c1590

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has consulted his medical advisers as to the scale of 29s. allowed for father, mother, and three children by the parish councils in Scotland, as advised by the circular issued by his Department last year; and if the medical advisers are of opinion chat this scale is an adequate one?


Before the recommendation in regard to the scale of relief referred to by the hon. Member was made by the Scottish Board of Health, the matter was carefully considered by the Board. Neither the Board nor their medical advisers have any evidence that the operation of the scale has resulted in injury to the health of the recipients. I may mention that the Circular in which the Board's recommendation was made specifically provided for the scale being exceeded in cases in which sickness or other special circumstances justify an increase. If the hon. Member can give me the names and addresses of any families in which it is alleged that there is injury to health on account of the operation of the scale, I shall have immediate inquiry made.