HC Deb 01 July 1937 vol 325 c2140
36. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health how many centres for the treatment of young children between two and five years of age have been, or are being, established in England and Wales?

Sir K. Wood

Although separate sessions are held at many infant welfare centres for children of this class, it is not usually desirable to establish separate centres, and children of all ages up to five are seen at infant welfare centres which numbered 3,368 in England and Wales on 31st December last. I may add that the primary purpose of these centres is preventive and advisory, and that children are when necessary referred elsewhere for the appropriate form of treatment.

Mr. Sorensen

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that many educational organisations are encouraging the establishment of clinics for these very young children, and, in view of that, will he circularise education and health authorities in the very near future regarding this particular development?

Sir K. Wood

Perhaps the hon. Member will allow me to consider that.