HC Deb 25 March 1957 vol 567 cc779-80
13. Mr. Tiley

asked the Minister of Health, in view of the desire of elderly people to remain in their own homes and the valuable support which voluntary associations are giving to help them stay there, what steps he is taking, by grants or otherwise, to encourage more additional voluntary workers to come forward to assist in this field of service.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Mr. J. K. Vaughan-Morgan)

A grant has for some years been made to the National Old People's Welfare Council which has, as one of its main objects, the promotion of increased voluntary effort in this field. To help to encourage further volunteers to come forward, my right hon. Friend has provided a poster suggesting ways in which elderly people may usefully be assisted by personal service. Supplies of it have gone to the National Council and to other voluntary organisations. I am arranging to place copies in the Library.

Mr. Tiley

May I thank my hon. Friend for that answer and for the assistence given and the action which has been already taken? Will he give as wide publicity as possible to this poster because of the vast amount of voluntary work which, of necessity, is being done throughout the country, and in my constituency by the Bradford Old People's Welfare Committee? Will he consider what methods there are of augmenting the number of volunteers in addition to publishing this poster?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Yes, Sir, certainly. I know that Bradford is doing very well in this matter.

Dr. Summerskill

How far have the recommendations of the Phillips Report in regard to domiciliary services—to which this Question is related—been implemented?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

That is rather a different question. Perhaps the right hon. Lady would care to put it on the Paper.