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Written Answers

Volume 464: debated on Friday 29 April 1949

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 29th April, 1949

Post Offices, Glasgow

asked the Postmaster-General the number of sub-post offices and of Crown Offices in the City of Glasgow; and the number of sub-post offices there which have been replaced by Crown Offices since the end of the war.

One hundred and nine sub-post offices and 32 Crown Offices; no sub-post office in the area has been replaced by a Crown Office since the end of the war.

National Finance

Hire-Purchase (Bank Advances)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when and why he directed the Bank of England to ask the banks to limit their advances to finance houses in order to restrict the provision of hire-purchase facilities on radio receivers and other goods.

In 1947 the banks were asked not to increase the facilities which they offered for financing hire-purchase particularly of consumer goods. This restriction continues to form an integral part of the campaign against inflation.

Estate Duty

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give approximate details of the sum of £750 million passing annually for Estate Duty in £10,000 groups up to a figure of £100,000-£50,000 groups thereafter.

The £750 million is an estimate of the capital coming under charge for the current year.

A table showing the distribution of capital in ranges for the year 1946–47 appears on page 46 of the 90th Report of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, and a similar table for the year 1947–48 will appear in the 91st Report which will be available in the near future.

National Health Service

Medical Students (Instruction)

asked the Minister of Health whether his regulations permit any user of the National Health Service when under treatment or examination to be employed as an exhibit for the instruction of students.

Medical and other students must in the future as in the past gain their clinical experience by seeing patients under treatment or examination, and I see no objection to this practice.

Hospital Patients (Fares)

asked the Minister of Health how much has been paid out to date by the hospital authorities for fares to hospitals.


asked the Minister of Health if he will enumerate the list of appliances which a doctor can order for a patient regardless of cost; and the total issues and cost of each of such appliances to the nearest convenient date.

The list of appliances which may be prescribed for free supply to patients receiving general medical services is set out in Statutory Instruments 1949 No. 577. I regret that the information requested in the second part of the Question is not available.

Mental Patients (Payments)

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that a lady of Bury, Lancashire, who has been a patient in mental hospitals, is being prevented from receiving payment of money to which she is entitled according to an order of the local magistrates, as she has been considered unable to furnish a valid receipt and the local welfare services committee decline to receive it on her behalf; and what is to be done in such cases.

If the Member will communicate with me, giving particulars of the case, I will make inquiries.