HC Deb 19 December 1955 vol 547 cc1645-6
25. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Minister of Health when he intends to introduce a chiropody service for old-age pensioners.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

My right hon. Friend is afraid he cannot say when this will be possible, but he does not think that any extension of the service should be limited to pensioners.

Dame Irene Ward

Will my hon. Friend see that that is conveyed to the Treasury that here is a way of helping small fixed income groups without imperilling the export trade or making undue demands on consumer goods? Will she see that the Treasury knows that I am awaiting some action in accordance with the undertaking the Treasury has given in respect of small income groups?

Miss Hornsby-Smith

I think the hon. Lady has rather adroitly tried to put questions to two Departments into one question. I can assure her that we appreciate the desirability, if financial means are available, of endeavouring to introduce this service; but it has to be considered in order of priority with the many other claims.

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