§ Mr. BENNETT-GOLDNEY
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will say what arrangements have been made for medical and sanatorium benefit for insurable persons on Fair Isle; whether a qualified doctor will be made available in the first month of 1913; and whether, if neither doctor nor sanatorium benefit are to be available for insurable persons on the island, the contributions from employers and employés will still be exacted on the usual scale?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The whole question of medical benefit in the Highlands is being considered by a Departmental Commission appointed by the Treasury, pending whose Report the Scottish Insurance Commissioners can express no opinion. I understand that arrangements for the provision of sanatorium benefit are under consideration by the insurance committee of the district.
Mr. WILLIAM REDMOND
asked whether the Clare Sanatorium will be assisted by the funds of the insurance scheme for sanatoria; and whether credit will be allowed for the money already spent on this sanatorium by voluntary subscribers and helpers?
§ Mr. BIRRELL
The Local Government Board have invited the county councils in Ireland to formulate schemes for the2926W treatment of tuberculosis in their respective areas in connection with the Sanatorium Grant. Except as regards the fact of the appointment of a committee to consider questions arising out of the Grant, the Board have no information as to the progress made in county Clare. In the absence of details, no definite reply could be given as to the position of the Ennis Sanatorium in relation to the sanatorium Grant, but no contribution would be made to a voluntary association merely on the strength of past expenditure.