HC Deb 20 October 1942 vol 383 cc1810-1
7. Mr. Liddall

asked the Secretary of State for War whether, having regard to the transport limitations now imposed in this country on soldiers and airmen alike, he will consider instituting, in co-operation with the Air Ministry, a system of travelling opticians with the necessary supply and repair equipment?

The Secretary of State for War (Sir James Grigg)

Numerous optical centres are situated throughout the country according to the distribution of troops. There are also sub-centres where their formation is justified by the number of troops in the area. These are visited by ophthalmic specialists from the main centres. A similar service exists in the Royal Air Force, and the facilities provided by the two Services are available for use by either where convenience is served. In this way a more efficient service is provided than would be possible if travelling opticians took the place of the static centres, and, in general, less transport is used.