HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 c1103
15. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many spastic people there are now in Scotland, where they are situate and how these figures compare with those for each of the previous five years.

The Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. James Stuart)

As this condition is not notifiable, I regret that the information asked for is not available.

Mr. Hughes

Is no register kept of these unfortunate people? Can the Secretary of State not say whether the numbers are increasing or decreasing in Scotland?

Mr. Stuart

There is no record but, according to such information as we possess, we think the numbers are in the neighbourhood of 2,000 children and 5,000 adults. A survey has been started in Dundee from which we shall obtain more information.

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