HC Deb 04 December 1941 vol 376 c1241
44. Sir P. Harris

asked the Minister of Health whether he, is aware that several day nurseries which are now opening are without bath thermometers which, as much of the work is done by young trainees without experience, are essential equipment; whether these are out of stock and impossible for the Ministry to supply; and whether permission to buy locally, when available, is granted or refused by the officials of the Ministry?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)

I am not aware that there has been any delay in supplying bath thermometers asked for for day nurseries, but if my hon. Friend knows of any such case, I shall be glad to have inquiries made. These articles are not out of stock and in these circumstances the last part of the Question does not arise.

Sir P. Harris

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that in order to get this into operation there must be no unnecessary interference by his Ministry which will prevent these nurseries from obtaining these bath thermometers or any other kind of thermometer?

Mr. Brown

On the contrary, the Ministry have arranged for stocks of thermometers.