Oral Answers to Questions — Blind Persons (Residential Accommodation).

– in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Minister of Health how many authorities have secured residences suitable for the accommodation of blind people in a non-institutional atmosphere: and whether he has considered encouraging or promoting schemes for that purpose?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have no precise information, but I believe that the number of such authorities is five. In most areas the number of blind persons needing residential accommodation is very small, and his accommodation is often best provided at homes established by voluntary organisations. For this reason, and because of the present scarcity of suitable premises, I should not feel justified in making any general recommendation in the sense suggested by my hon. Friend.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for his Reply, may I ask whether he agrees that, where there is a demand for this kind of accommodation for blind people he will give it every encouragement?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

It is a good idea. There are three cases in which local authorities do this themselves and two where they take joint action. That is my information.