House of Commons debates
Monday, 13 December 1954

  • Preamble (0 speeches)
    The House met at Half past Two o'Clock
  • Prayers (0 speeches)
    [Mr. SPEAKER in the Chair]
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals (0 speeches)
    • Orthodontic Treatment (Children) (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health how many children in England and Wales were, at the latest date for which statistics are available. awaiting specialist orthodontic treatment under the National...
    • New Towns (14 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what special capital provision he expects to make during the coming year for hospital construction in the new towns.
    • Tone Vale Hospital, Norton Fitzwarren (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health why he refused to accept a proposal for building a 44-bed unit at Tone Vale Hospital, Norton Fitzwarren, although, compared with its statutory accommodation, the...
    • Thoracic Surgery, North-West Region (Beds) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health how many beds for non-tuberculous thoracic surgery, male and female, pro rata of population, are available in the North-West Region compared with neighbouring regions...
    • Western Counties (Capital Allocation) (10 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the Royal Western Counties Hospital Group, with more than 1,800 patients, has spent only £8,000 on new capital works since 1948; and if, in...
    • Bridgwater, Minehead and Budleigh (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that expenses of the Bridgwater, Minehead and Budleigh Hospital Group have, owing to increased costs, only been held within the the estimate by the...
    • Dietary Expenditure (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in mental hospitals the daily diet allowance per patient is 2s. 5d., and in general hospitals 3s. 5d.; that, owing to increased costs, it is...
    • Langstone Sanatorium, Portsmouth (7 speeches)
      Brigadier Clarke: asked the Minister of Health (1) for what purpose the Langstone Sanatorium, Portsmouth, was used between 1st January, 1953, and November, 1953; (2) why the Langstone...
    • Newcastle (21 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he will increase the capital allocation for the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board in the next financial year.
    • Nurses (Recruitment) (11 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether the instruction issued by the regional hospital boards to hospital management committees, that the recruitment of nursing staff up to approved establishment...
    • Facilities, Goole (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the inadequate hospital facilities in Goole; and what proposals he has to improve them.
    • Out-patients Departments (Waiting Lists) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what results he has obtained from his circular to hospital authorities on the subject of reducing waiting-time in outpatients departments; and whether he will make a...
    • Repairs and Maintenance (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health to what extent he is satisfied that hospitals have been able to carry out essential repair and maintenance works on their buildings during the current year; and what...
    • Capital Expenditure (30 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what proportion of the total capital expenditure by hospital authorities in the current financial year he estimates will be met from non-Exchequer funds.
    • North-West Metropolitan Board (8 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he will increase the amount allocated to the North-West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board for hospital building, in view of the need to meet the demands of...
    • Barnsley (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he will increase the amount allocated to the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board in view of the need for meeting the demands of the Barnsley Hospital Management...
    • West Hill Hospital, Dartford (Out-Patients Department) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the need at the West Hill Hospital, Dartford, for the provision of a new out-patients department at the earliest possible moment what consideration...
    • Corbett Hospital, Stourbridge (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the need for a new out-patients department at the Corbett Hospital, Stourbridge; and whether he will make a sufficient capital allocation to the...
    • New Hospitals (4 speeches)
      Mr. Slater: asked the Minister of Health the number of hospitals to be built in 1955; and what areas are designated for new hospitals in the next three years.
    • Durham (10 speeches)
      Mr. Slater: asked the Minister of Health to what extent the intake of mental-illness patients in the Durham county area has gone up within the last two years; and how such figures compare with...
    • Leeds (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health the capital allocation for Leeds region in the coming financial year; and how this compares with the current year.
    • Pontefract and Castleford (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he will increase the allocation to the Leeds Regional Hospital Board so as to enable the hospital facilities under the Pontefract and Castleford Management...
    • Liverpool (11 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health the total sum asked for in the 1955–56 Estimates by the Liverpool Regional Hospital Board and the Liverpool United Hospitals, respectively, for capital...
    • Warley, Halifax (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he will make provision in his 1955–56 building programme for the new hospital unit at Warley, Halifax, about which the hon. Member for Halifax has had...
    • Colonial and Foreign Nurses (6 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health approximately how many nurses and student nurses in hospitals, respectively, have come from British Colonies, from India, Pakistan and Ceylon, from foreign countries...
    • Physiotherapy Departments (Male Orderlies) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what steps have been taken to secure more male orderlies for service in physiotherapy departments of hospitals in order that they can assist the patients to have...
    • Birmingham (2 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a more generous allocation of capital expenditure to the West Midlands Hospital Regional Board would ensure considerable saving in the...
    • North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (Nurses) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health to what extent the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and the City General Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent are short of nursing staff.
    • Manchester (16 speeches)
      asked the Minisster of Health the number of capital projects in south Manchester hospitals which have been approved by the regional hospital board but which are not in operation because of...
  • Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service (0 speeches)
    • Sanitary Inspectors (Recruitment) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made up to the latest convenient date in the recruitment of sanitary inspectors since 1st May, 1954.
    • Emetics (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether in view of recently expressed medical opinion details of which have been sent to him, he will reconsider his Department's rejection of the suggestion made by...
    • National Health Service Cost (Committee) (4 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health whether the Guillebaud Committee has finished taking evidence; and when he expects to receive its report.
    • Cerebral Palsy (8 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health if he will issue regulations to make cerebral palsy a notifiable disease.
    • Spastic Children (Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy) (7 speeches)
      asked the Minister of Health what action he is taking to provide spastic children with increased facilities for physiotherapy and speech therapy.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign Service Expenditure (Select Committee's Report) (19 speeches)
    The following Question stood upon the Order Paper:
  • Business of the House (3 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed,
  • Orders of the Day — National Insurance [Money] (0 speeches)
    Resolution reported,
  • National Insurance Bill (0 speeches)
    Considered in Committee.
  • Clause 1. — (Higher Rates, etc., of Con Tributions and Benefit Under Industrial Injuries Act.) (41 speeches)
    3.43 p.m.
  • Clause 2. — (Higher Rates, etc., of Con Tributions and Benefit Under National Insurance Act, 1946, and Additional Contributions from Exchequer.) (90 speeches)
    I beg to move, in page 2, line 3, to leave out from "to" to the first the "in" line 4.
  • Clause 4. — (Supplementary Provisions as to Certain Classes of Persons.) (23 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
  • Clause 5. — (Provisions as to Appointed Day.) (53 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
  • Clause 6. — (Effect of Awards Made Before, or in Respect of the Period Beginning Before, Appointed or Prescribed Day.) (10 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That the Clause stand part of the Bill.
  • New Clause. — (Amendment of S. 65 of National Insurance Act, 1946.) (23 speeches)
    (1) On the appointed day regulations made before the passing of this Act in exercise of the power conferred by subsection (2) of section sixty-five of the National Insurance Act, 1946, to...
  • Housing, Coventry (3 speeches)
    Motion made, and Question proposed, That this House do now adjourn.—[Mr. Oakshott.]