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Public Institutions (Old Couples)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1947

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asked the Minister of Health the number of men over the age of 65 years in public institutions in Dorset whose wives are in other public institutions; and what steps are being taken to reunite such husbands and wives.

I am informed that there is only one case of this kind in Dorset, and that, although the public assistance authority offered to accommodate the couple together, they were content to remain as they were. The husband is taken each week by car to visit his wife. I am making further inquiries into the case and will let the hon. Member know the result in due course.