HC Deb 14 June 1951 vol 488 cc204-5W
77. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health in view of anomalies existing by which parents of children below school age or unable to secure a place in school are charged for medical or convalescent services when they would not be so charged if their children attended school, when he intends to take steps to remove this inconsistency which conflicts with the principle of a free national health service by relieving local health authorities of the responsibility of making charges in this respect.

Mr. Marquand

The power of local health authorities to make charges in connection with their arrangements for the care of young children is limited to residential accommodation, food and articles provided and does not extend to medical treatment or medicines. I do not consider that any change is required.