HC Deb 06 February 1945 vol 407 cc1868-9
2. Dr. Edith Summerskill

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that medical certificates recommending delivery of coal for people seriously ill are not receiving attention; and if he will take steps to remedy this matter.

Major Lloyd George

I regret that a number of cases have come to my notice where, notwithstanding instructions, or directions, given by the local fuel overseer, there has been delay in the delivery of coal to cases supported by medical certificates. I have taken steps to ensure that deliveries are made promptly to such cases.

3. Dr. Edith Summerskill

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how many special forms for recommending delivery of coal to sick people have been issued to doctors by his Department.

Major Lloyd George

One million copies were issued in December last to the Ministry's regional offices and to local fuel overseers for distribution to doctors, certified midwives and health visitors. I cannot say how many of these were supplied to doctors.

Dr. Summerskill

When it was proposed to issue these special certificates, were arrangements made so that sick people could have priority?

Major Lloyd George

Yes, arrangements were made that the local fuel overseer should instruct the merchant to honour the certificates. If they were not honoured directions were issued by the fuel overseer. Delays came to my notice and steps were immediately taken, and that delay has been overtaken.