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Spectacles Supply

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that many people in Birmingham and district have been waiting six months or more for new spectacles; whether he will now consider introducing a priority scheme for elderly people and others; and when he expects the delivery position to improve.

I am aware of these delays which are general in all areas. Priority arrangements have been introduced for cases in which there would otherwise be serious deterioration of vision or total incapacity; they cannot be extended without further slowing down general deliveries. It is hoped that supply will begin to overtake demand by the end of the year.