HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc186-7
16. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what progress he has made in arranging for daily visiting in public assistance institutions.

Mr. Westwood

As the hon. Member is aware from the letter I sent him on 18th March, 1946, a number of public assistance institutions already allow daily visits as a matter of course and all others allow daily visits in special circumstances in addition to the normal arrangement for specified visiting days. I have no statutory power to enforce any arrangement in public assistance institutions but I am urging upon all public assistance authorities the desirability of allowing daily visits as the ordinary rule unless there is any practical reason which prevents this being done.