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Clause 17—(Research)

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 20 May 1947

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Lords Amendment: In page 18. line 29, at the end, insert:

"or to the development of medical of surgical appliances including hearing aids."

I beg to move, "That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment."

This Amendment will not affect the administration but will be of assistance as far as research is concerned, and I feel, therefore, that the object will he acceptable to the House, because research is being carried out and we want to encourage it as far as we can.

I am glad that the Government have accepted this Amendment, because both on the English Bill and on the Scottish Bill concern was expressed from all quarters of the House about the position of the deaf and their aids. It is one of the matters where we are far behind and where any assistance which the Government can give will be most valuable. I think it is encouraging that even at this late stage, the Government have recognised the necessity for including something in the Bill to draw attention to this most important question.

Question put, and agreed to.