HC Deb 07 December 1920 vol 135 cc1936-7W

asked the Minister of Pensions (1) why, in view of the fact that there is no light limb as yet available from Government sources, the Ministry refuse to avail themselves of the proved use and efficacy of the light Desoutter limb and forbid the issue of the same to those disabled soldiers for whom the Roehampton limb has proved to be quite unsuitable and even dangerous;

(2) whether he is aware that the Roehampton limb supplied to disabled soldiers has in numerous cases proved an impediment rather than a help, in that its weight and form prevents many of those disabled from performing the duties of their employment; that in many cases the limb has broken after a brief use; and will the Longmate-Elmsley new light limb be available for distribution?


I am glad to inform my hon. and gallant Friend that the first supply of the light metal limb provided by this Ministry is now available, and is being distributed. It has, so far, fully justified the high opinion of its merits formed by our experts. The supplies at Roehampton embrace over 12 different makes of artificial leg, which have, on the whole, proved successful for different types of amputation, and from the information in my possession they do not in any way merit the description of them given by my hon. and gallant Friend.