§ Major HILLS
asked the Minister of Pensions whether, seeing that surgical opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of light metal limbs, whether for amputations above or below the knee, it is the practice of the Ministry to issue such Tight metal limbs in all cases of amputation below the knee or only in special cases; and if the latter, on what principle is a distinction made?
§ Major TRYON
I am not aware of any authority for the assumption made by my hon. and gallant Friend in the first part of the question, hut I may say that light metal limbs are issued both for above and below knee amputations in every case recommended by the surgeons. In many cases, however, the wooden limb which has now been so far improved that it is actually lighter than the metal limb, is regarded both by the pensioner and the surgeon as more suitable, especially in amputations below the knee.