Defective Children, Royton.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 1st March 1922.

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Photo of Sir Wilfred Sugden Sir Wilfred Sugden , Royton

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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?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

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.

Photo of Sir Wilfred Sugden Sir Wilfred Sugden , Royton

What provision is made, not necessarily for mentally defective children, but for physically defective children?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am afraid I cannot give an answer to that question without notice.