HC Deb 23 February 1926 vol 192 cc328-9W

asked the Secretary for Scotland the number of blind persons who have been dealt with under the Blind Persons Act in Glasgow; and the number who have applied?


According to the central register of the blind kept by the Scottish Board of Health, there were in Glasgow on let April, 1925, the latest date for which statistics are available, 1,517 blind persons in the city, exclusive of 96 of school age for whose education the education authority was responsible under the Blind and Deaf Mute Children (Scotland) Act, 1890. The present numbers probably exceed this total. More than 800 of the blind in the city are over 50 years of age and will in most cases be in receipt of old age pensions. Of the remainder, 420 are under training or are in approved institutions. One hundred and forty-five have applied for technical education, but are not yet admitted to institutions. Of these, 37 have been approved as capable of being benefited by technical education, 16 have failed to appear for medical examination and 92 have not yet been dealt with.