HC Deb 18 March 1957 vol 567 c30
53 and 54. Mr. Sydney Irving

asked the Minister of Health (1) how much additional residential accommodation it is hoped to provide for adult spastic persons in the next two years;

(2) how many homes there are for adult spastic persons; and how many there are in residence.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley (Mr. E. Johnson) on 4th March.

Mr. Irving

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that was a very disappointing reply indeed? As I know of the very good work that his right hon. Friend did at the Ministry of Education for the handicapped, may I ask him to look at the Question again? May I draw his attention to the case of a constituent of mine, a man named John Pudney, who has spent 46 years of his life in a hospital? Although crippled, he is not sick, and it is extremely unfortunate that he should spend his life among sick people. Will the Minister look into the case?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I am sure that my right hon. Friend and I will be only too glad to look into the specific case, but I must point out that it is primarily the responsibility of the local health authorities.