HC Deb 30 November 1972 vol 847 c232W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will arrange for £50,000 to be subscribed to the Thalidomide Children's Fund by Her Majesty's Government.

Sir K. Joseph

I would refer the hon. Member to the undertaking which I gave in the House on 29th November that the Government were making available a sum of £3 million to help the families of children with very severe congenital disability not in any way as compensation but to complement the services which should be available from statutory bodies, and would begin at once to consider, with the statutory and voluntary bodies likely to be concerned, what arrangements can be set up so that the money can best be used for the benefit of the children and their parents.—[Vol. 847, c. 446.]