§ 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.