HC Deb 13 December 1949 vol 470 c2495
29. Mr. Parkin

asked the Minister of Pensions whether the supply of stump socks is now adequate to meet the needs of disabled ex-Service men and of National Health Service patients who have suffered amputations.

Mr. Simmons

During recent years, owing to the demands of the National Health Service and to certain difficulties in supply we have been able to issue only four stump socks every six months. Supplies have been so increased that in January next patients will be able to receive eight socks in one issue.

Mr. Parkin

Has it been possible to consider the employment of disabled men in meeting this need?

Mr. Simmons

Yes. Two hundred dozen socks per week are being manufactured in the Remploy factories, about one-third of our total supply from all sources. We may eventually double that output.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will the hon. Gentleman consider whether our prisons, in which socks of high grade are made, cannot help in this matter?

Mr. Simmons

The making of stump socks is a specialised job requiring specialised machinery. One firm has been making them for a long period of years. We have installed the machinery at Remploy factories, and they are now providing us with all the socks we need.

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