§ 70. Mr. MANSFIELD
asked the Minister of Health if, in view of the hardships at present being endured by many blind persons in this country, the Government will consider introducing legislation in the near future to amend the Blind Persons Act with a view to increasing their present pensions?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Miss Lawrence)
My right hon. Friend regrets that at present he cannot contemplate the introduction of legislation to amend the Blind Persons Act. Local authorities have powers under the Act to supplement the pensions payable to blind persons where need is shown, and the large majority of the authorities are already exercising these powers.