HC Deb 15 December 1949 vol 470 cc298-9W
74. Mr. William Griffiths

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the shortage of flat form ophthalmic lenses and, in view of the delay caused in the provision of certain spectacles where such a form of lens is insisted upon by his regulations, if he will now authorise the provision of toric, or curved, lenses which are more easily obtainable.

Mr. Bevan

No. I do not think the supply position makes this necessary.

92. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Minister of Health why the arrangements for quicker delivery of spectacles in urgent cases, which came into force in April, have not been applied to spectacles ordered before April.

Mr. Bevan

I would refer to the reply given to the hon. Member for Chelsea (Commander Noble), on 14th December.

Commander Noble

asked the Minister of Health when Mr. Smith of Chelsea, particulars of whose case have been forwarded to him, may expect to receive the spectacles which were prescribed for him in February.

Mr. Bevan

A letter has already been sent to the hon. and gallant Member explaining the general position, and I am afraid I cannot undertake to intervene further in individual cases. Mr. Smith's best course is to keep in touch with his optician.

Colonel Clarke

asked the Minister of Health when Miss D. S. Scotcher, Calverley House, Crowborough, Sussex, who was ordered new spectacles by her doctor under the National Health Scheme 11 months ago, may expect to receive them.

Mr. Bevan

I fear I cannot properly intervene on behalf of individual cases. Miss Scotcher should keep in touch with her optician.