§ Mr. HUTCHISON
asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to introduce or give facilities for a Bill dealing with the disability of deafness; and whether he is satisfied with the adequacy of present arrangements for the care of such persons?
§ Sir K. WOOD
I am not at present satisfied that special legislation on this subject is necessary. My hon. Friend is no doubt aware of the report prepared by the late Dr. Eichholz on the condition of the deaf. That report did not recommend any further legislation, but advocated certain measures which were commended to local authorities in a circular issued by my Department in May, 1933. I will send my hon. Friend a copy of the circular. The Ministry are continuing to impress on local authorities the importance of giving financial assistance, where necessary, to those voluntary1286W
Improvement of the officers' quarters is, however, under consideration.