asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a blind man, Thomas Haney, of 248, Sissons Road, Middleton, Leeds, who had a pension of 10s. a week and £1 13s. supplementary allowance, has had the £1 13s. stopped by the blind authorities because his daughter, aged 19, who had £1 3s. a week is now receiving £3 a week as a tram-car conductress; and whether it is with his approval that the household means test is still in operation in blind cases?
Subject to certain statutory provisions the question whether financial assistance is to be granted to any particular blind person, and, if so, the amount of the assistance, is a matter for the determination of the local authority concerned, and the scheme under the Blind Persons Acts, which they adopted in 1938, does not require my right hon. Friend's approval. I understand that the withdrawal of the financial assistance previously granted in the case to which my hon. Friend refers is in accordance with this scheme.