HC Deb 25 March 1947 vol 435 cc1056-7
15. Lord Willoughby de Eresby

asked the Minister of Pensions if he is aware that issues of stump socks for wear with artificial limbs have now been reduced to three for six months; that many limbless ex-Servicemen will soon be unable, in consequence, to wear their artificial limbs and to follow their employment; and what steps he is taking to remedy the present unsatisfactory position.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Wilfred Paling)

Issues of stump stocks have been reduced from four to three at a time, except in new cases, because of a temporary shortage. The reduction should not have the consequences suggested by the hon. Member, but if, exceptionally, any limbless man finds himself in a position of real difficulty he should get in touch with his local limb fitting centre, who will help him if possible. Every firm known to be in the trade has been approached, and certain small additional supplies should become available. There is, however, a definite shortage of certain types of skilled labour in this particular industry.

Lord Willoughby de Eresby

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that on medical grounds it is extremely desirable that limbless men should have a sufficient number of stump socks; and will he give some priority in this matter?

Mr. Paling

Yes, I am aware of that, and because of it we are making every effort to bring this up to the traditional issue.