HC Deb 21 September 1948 vol 456 c684
30. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that limbless men are still having to wait a considerable time before they are able to obtain stump socks; and whether he will take action to increase the supply.

The Minister of Pensions (Mr. Marquand)

I am glad to say that, apart from occasional temporary shortages of a particular size of stump sock, supply is now immediate. Production has increased four-fold as compared with two years ago and is expected shortly to show a further substantial rise as the result of special steps that have been taken.

Commander Maitland

Is the Minister aware that there is still a very great need for increasing the supply of these socks, and will he keep his Ministry up to the mark about this?

Mr. Marquand

Yes, Sir. I have devoted some personal attention to this matter since I took office, and I am satisfied that very rapid progress is now being made.

Lord Willoughby de Eresby

Will the Minister say whether the quality of the socks will be improved, as well as the supply?

Mr. Marquand

That is a matter which we are also looking into. There has been some difficulty owing to the change of producers, and certain difficulties in regard to the supply of materials since the war ended, but I feel that we shall have reached a marked improvement very shortly.