HC Deb 11 July 1955 vol 543 c149W
63. Mr. R. Harris

asked the Minister of Labour what provision he makes to enable blind persons to obtain financial assistance in obtaining guide dogs, where the possession of a guide dog is necessary to enable them to follow their occupation.

Mr. Watkinson

I can give financial assistance towards the cost of a guide dog only if a blind person is unlikely to get employment without one. While I recognise that some blind persons have benefited from having guide dogs I am informed that experience does not show that they are essential to enable blind persons to undertake training or employment.