§ Mr. Groves
asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the unanimous resolution of the recent meeting of the British Social Hygiene Council, regretting the issue of Circular 1956 by the Ministry regarding the maintenance in war-time and, where necessary, the extension or adjustment of the existing arrangements for the treatment of venereal diseases, inasmuch as no provision is made for adequate financial assistance to reimburse local authorities for their activities in this direction; and will he receive a deputation of members to furnish him with the actual circumstances of the situation to date?
§ Mr. Elliot
I have fully considered the views expressed on this subject, but having regard to the provision already made by way of the block grant to local authorities I am unable to arrange for additional Exchequer assistance. In the circumstances the reception of a deputation would not appear to serve any useful purpose.