HC Deb 02 November 1944 vol 404 cc945-6
32. Mr. Messer

asked the Minister of Pensions how many cases of Service and civilian casualties are suffering from deafness due to war service or war injury; and if any special steps are being taken for their rehabilitation.

Sir W. Womersley

The records of my Department do not separate cases of deafness from other ear conditions, but under the general classification the number of Service cases (including Mercantile Marine) is about 4,500 and civilian cases about 50. Provision is made for the restoration of the maximum hearing capacity by means of classes for lipreading or individual tuition and aids to hearing, in all cases which would benefit therefrom. Cases suitable for vocational training are referred to my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Labour.