HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 c353
17. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what quantities of sulphurtone are being sent to each of the Colonies where leprosy is prevalent for the treatment of that disease; and if the supply is sufficient to meet the requirements of the leper settlements under the supervision of his Department.

Mr. Creech Jones

Three million 0.5 gramme tablets and 1,000 grammes of powder have been supplied to colonies since December, 1947, and a further 1,695,000 tablets and 25,000 grammes of powder are in the course of supply. No difficulty is being experienced by the Crown Agents in meeting all indents received from Colonial Governments for supplies of sulphurtone.

Mr. Awbery

While thanking the Minister for what is being done by the Colonial Office, may I ask him to keep continually in mind the special needs of these people, who are isolated from the rest of the community, because they sometimes feel that they are forgotten men?

Mr. Creech Jones