§ Mr. Jackson
asked the Minister of Health why tuberculous patients, who are considered hopeless cases and those suffering from non-pulmonary tuberculosis, are excluded from the benefit of the new financial allowances paid by local authorities?
§ Miss Horsbrugh
The special arrangements to which my hon. Friend refers were authorised to enable persons to give up work temporarily for treatment which is in the interest of the public health no less than their own. The association with the war effort which has been the justification in such cases for making repayment from Exchequer funds under emergency powers is not applicable to the cases to which my hon. Friend refers, but the fact that certain limitations must on this ground apply to such repayment from the Exchequer does not affect the power of local authorities to grant assistance within the scope of their statutory powers.