HC Deb 03 December 1946 vol 431 cc190-1
20. Mr. Sparks

asked the Minister of Pensions what steps he is taking to expedite the delivery of surgical footwear to war-disabled men.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

I hope the position will soon show improvement, as my Department's principal contractors removed to a modern and larger factory a few days ago.

Mr. Sparks

Is the Minister aware that a large number of these men are almost barefooted and unable to follow their employment, being subject to great physical discomfort? They are waiting for long periods for new surgical footwear, and will he do something exceptional to expedite delivery?

Mr. Paling

I am aware there have been serious delays in some of these cases. My answer indicates that we have done something about it, and I hope that the position will improve.