Elderly and Disabled Persons (Homes)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health how many homes for old and disabled persons existed at the end of 1951 and at the end of June, 1959.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

One thousand, six hundred and forty-five and about 3,160, respectively.

Photo of Sir Richard Pilkington Sir Richard Pilkington , Poole

Can my right hon. and learned Friend give an assurance that the Government will carry this good work on in the 'sixties?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

Yes, I am happy to give my hon. and gallant Friend that assurance.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Will the Minister tell his hon. and gallant Friend also the number of old people there are now compared with 1951, and, perhaps, the number of old people who are dying now as compared with 1951—all interesting information?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I am happy to say that it is, of course, a fact that in the last eight years the expectation of life of people in this country has increased. People are living longer, they are living in better conditions, and more have been housed in these homes.