§ Dr. King
Is the Minister aware that parents who look after a mentally-defective child—a child who will always be a complete financial liability—are not only among the finest citizens in the country but are also saving money for the country and the Ministry of Health? Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to remedy the anomaly by which the mentally-defective child at the age of 15 is regarded as a wage-earning adult?
§ Mr. Peake
The hon. Member will realise that I went as far as possible in the new Regulations, made a year ago, to extend this provision to the class of child which he has in mind. He has made a good point, however, and as soon as an opportunity for legislation occurs we shall certainly deal with it.