HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 c512
12. Sir Robert Young

asked the Minister of Health whether old people who are not National Health Insurance pensioners are entitled to hearing-aid hand sets or other similar devices; and, if so, under what conditions will these be supplied, regarding use, cost and return.

Mr. Bevan

No, Sir, not until the National Health Service comes into operation. Meanwhile, public assistance authorities have power to help the necessitous deaf, and blind welfare authorities the blind deaf.