§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Health what is the current stock of cornea in corneal banks in the United Kingdom; what are the average waiting lists for corneal grafts in ophthalmic hospitals; and what steps he is taking to publicise the functions of corneal graft banks and the steps necessary to bequeath cornea to them.
§ Mr. Powell
Corneas have to be used soon after they are received. In January the waiting list in England and Wales for corneal grafting operations was about 590. The Royal National Institute for the Blind in co-operation with my Department is preparing a leaflet to bring to the attention of the public the need for eyes and the action that donors should take.