HC Deb 17 February 1949 vol 461 c1338
44. Mr. Edward Evans

asked the Minister of Health the number of guide dogs for the blind in use in England and Wales; how many training establishments are available and how they are financed; how many blind persons are on the waiting list for guide dogs; and what is the cost to the blind person to secure one.

Mr. Bevan

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association maintains a training establishment by voluntary subscriptions and the sale of dogs. About 160 of their dogs are in use in this country and they have some 200 suitable blind persons on their waiting list. Blind persons selected to receive dogs are invited to contribute to the cost but selection does not in any way depend on financial status.

Mr. Evans

Are local authorities eligible to contribute to the cost of this service?

Mr. Bevan

I do not think so at the moment but I will certainly inquire into that.

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