§ 30 and 40. Mr. Wyatt
asked the Minister of Health (1) why Mr. A. Clifford, aged 72, of 3/29 Bracebridge Road, Aston, Birmingham, 6, who applied for his spectacles under the Health Scheme in November, 1948, has not yet received them;
(2) why Mr. W. H. Fry, 7A Furnace Lane, Gerrard St. Lozells, Birmingham 19, aged 82, who applied for his spectacles under the Health Scheme last March, has not received them.
§ Mr. Mitchison
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the 11-year-old boy, about whom he has been informed by the hon. Member for Kettering, has not yet got his spectacles, and that another 13-year-old boy, for whom spectacles were prescribed and ordered in September, also has not got them; and whether he will make a statement as to the operation of his priority scheme in these and other cases.
§ Mr. Bevan
Yes. I understand that the sight of both the boys was tested on 167W 22nd November. The arrangements whereby opticians can give priority to a few of the most urgent cases did not come into general operation until about two months ago and cannot readily be applied to glasses ordered before then. I understand, however, that the optician hopes to get both boys' glasses very soon.