§ 21. Mr. Geoffrey Hirst
asked the Minister of Health what steps are being taken to increase the accommodation for mentally defective children.
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Marquand)
The attention of regional hospital boards has been drawn to the urgent need to increase this accommodation; and since the appointed day a number of new schemes have been approved or are under active consideration.
§ Mr. Hirst
Is the Minister aware that, whatever they may be, these facilities are quite inadequate, and that appalling delays are occurring? I know of one delay dating back to December when the authorities of the Shipley Council made application and there have been many cases since then. If I send him details, will he give full consideration to the matter?
§ Mr. Marquand
Yes, Sir, I will, but I assure the House that I am well aware of the difficult and awkward situation here.
§ Mr. K. Thompson
Will the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that there is no undue delay in inspecting these 689 children, which is the earliest stage of sending them to the appropriate place, so that their case can be considered as soon as possible for the proper treatment?