asked the Minister of Health what action he proposes to take in conjunction and co-operation with the Minister of Education in respect to the care, general education, and training for industry of defective children of the Parliamentary Division of Royton, Lancashire, where at present no facilities obtain and where urgency is essential?
I am not aware of the circumstances affecting the hon. Member's constituency, but the Lancashire Asylums Board have recently provided accommodation for over 2,000 mental defectives at the Calderstones Institution, Whalley, where facilities exist for dealing with all the children for whom it is the duty of the local authority, under the Mental Deficiency Act, to provide. This should contribute to meeting the needs of the hon. Member's constituency, as well as those of the rest of Lancashire.