HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 c557
23. Sir W. Wakefield

asked the Minister of Health why the letters "N.H." are being stamped on spectacle frames in two places at an extra cost of 1s. 6d.; and if he will give instructions to stop this expenditure.

Mr. Marquand

The trade mark is to ensure the quality of the spectacles and is stamped on the two parts which are often made and sold separately. I am advised that the cost of stamping is negligible.

34. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the National Health Service provides at the moment for spectacle frame numbers 311, 321, 411 and 421 which are unsuitable for agricultural workers and very young children; and if he will make available heavy gauge metal frames in these circumstances which, by reducing breakages, will save expense.

Mr. Marquand

I am advised that these frames—and four nickel frames also available—are quite suitable for agricultural workers. They are not supplied to children, for whom a special hardwearing range is provided. I do not agree that an extension of the existing range is necessary.

Mr. Marshall

If I send the Minister information will he examine the position again so far as agricultural workers are concerned?

Mr. Marquand

I will be glad to look into anything which the hon. Gentleman has to send me, but my advice is that the new heavier type frames would require a change in the manufacturing process, which would be unjustifiably expensive.