§ 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 187 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.