HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 c115W
83. Mr. E. Evans

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many children in the cologne area are in urgent need of spectacles; from what sources spectacles are obtained; and whether their provision for acute cases can be expedited in order to save further deterioration in the vision of these children.

Mr. J. Hynd

I regret that it is not practicable to furnish the figures asked for in the first part of the Question. I have, however, made inquiry and am informed that there is no evidence of a serious shortage of spectacles in the Cologne area, nor have any complaints been received from the German medical or welfare authorities. The main centres at which spectacle lenses are manufactured in the British zone are at Brunswick, Goettingen and Hamburg. The present monthly production rate is 50,000 pairs and output is increasing.