Old People's Homes (Sweets and Tobacco)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th December 1965.

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Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington 12:00 am, 20th December 1965

asked the Minister of Health whether he will introduce legislation to prevent local authorities from withholding the weekly issue of sweets and tobacco from residents in their old people's homes.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

No, Sir. This is a matter for local authorities to decide.

Photo of Mr Henry Hynd Mr Henry Hynd , Accrington

Like all hon. Members, I am jealous of the rights and responsibilities of local authorities. However, could not my hon. Friend issue a circular to give advice? Does he know that Lancashire County Council is withdrawing the small allowance of tobacco and sweets which is made to these old people? Is not that a rather mean thing to do?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I am not sure that I would want to ask my right hon. Friend to issue such a circular. A minimum pocket money allowance is made to old people in the homes which my hon. Friend mentions, but I am not sure that it is dignified, once the basic needs of the old people are met, to dole out sweets and tobacco.