§ 38. Lord Willoughby de Eresby
asked the Minister of Health what steps have been taken to give effect to the duties placed upon local authorities by Section 29 of the National Assistance Act, 1948, in the provision of welfare services for handicapped persons; and whether all local authorities have set up the necessary machinery to provide these welfare services.
§ Mr. Bevan
All local authorities have machinery for discharging their duty to promote the welfare of the blind. As regards other handicapped persons, I have advised them that careful survey of needs and consultation with other bodies concerned must precede the exercise of their powers, and these steps are being taken in all areas.
§ Lord Willoughby de Eresby
In view of the fact that the term "handicapped persons" includes a large number of ex-Service men of both wars, will the Minister expedite the matter?