HC Deb 21 March 1955 vol 538 cc156-7W
82. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that old-age pensioners are obliged to pay a substantial amount towards their new glasses; and if he will take steps to make these aids free to all pensioners.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The charges mentioned by the hon. Member were introduced by the National Health Service Act, 1951, and were fully discussed when the Bill was before Parliament. The Act gives me no power to exempt old-age pensioners.