HC Deb 22 February 1960 vol 618 cc17-8
25. Commander Pursey

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the number of his Department's notices, headed, "Supply of Glasses," which have been distributed to opticians throughout the country since 1948, and the cost of supply and distribution.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)

It is estimated that since 1951, when the notice was introduced, some 20,000 copies have been distributed to opticians. I regret that the information asked for in the second part of the Question is not available.

Commander Pursey

Is the hon. Lady aware that this notice is headed "Important"? If all these copies have been sent out, although she cannot give the cost, surely the object must have been that they should be on show'? Will she take steps to ensure that this document is on show in opticians' shops and consider having it written in language for patients instead of language for opticians?

Miss Pitt

It is written in very simple language which I should have thought everyone could understand. I believe that most opticians display it and find it useful to do so.

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