Spectacles (Butchers)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire 12:00 am, 7th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health what special arrangements are made under the National Health Service for the issue of additional spectacles to butchers.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore Lieut-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore , Ayr District of Burghs

On a point of Order. Before this Question is answered, might I ask for your guidance? I have always understood that the Clerks at the Table would refuse to accept any Question which was ironical. Surely, Sir, this Question can only refer to the efforts of the butchers to see the present meat ration.

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

That is entirely a matter of opinion. I am no judge of that. Mr. Bevan.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

The answer is, "None, Sir."

Photo of Mr Emrys Hughes Mr Emrys Hughes , South Ayrshire

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread Conservative propaganda to the effect that butchers are abusing the scheme? Is there any evidence of that?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

There is no evidence as far as I know. In certain circumstances—and this can arise in some professions—a person requires spectacles for near sight, middle sight and far sight. Where a third sight is involved, special application must be made to the ophthalmic committee of the executive council, who will then examine all the facts.

Photo of Sir Frank Medlicott Sir Frank Medlicott , Norfolk Eastern

Is it not a fact that what the butchers need is not so much spectacles as microscopes?