HC Deb 01 December 1938 vol 342 cc591-2
64. Sir Robert Young

asked the Minister of Health whether he is in a position to increase the number of iron lungs in this country to cope with the demand for such life-saving implements in cases of certain illnesses; and, if not, whether he will consult with health insurance societies with a view to making good the deficiency out of their large surplus funds ear-marked for additional health benefits or invested through Government channels for future requirements?

Mr. Elliot

The hon. Member will be aware of the offer of Lord Nuffield to supply these appliances gratuitously to all hospitals in the country which require them. I am glad to avail myself of this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of his generous action in making available this useful article of hospital equipment for all sufferers who can be benefited by it.

Sir R. Young

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the use and upkeep of this life-saving instrument will be great?

Mr. Elliot

It is very difficult to say.

Sir Francis Fremantle

Is it not possible that a much cheaper form of apparatus made out of rubber materials, which is also in use, may be provided for those places where they have not iron lungs?

Mr. Elliot

I think that the mass production will probably lead to a cheapening of their cost.

Mr. Garro Jones

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in correspondence in the Press and by other methods these iron lungs are also being used to broadcast the merits of the Prime Minister?