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Dentures And Spectacles

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 24 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for War to what extent soldiers have been supplied with dentures and spectacles during recent years; and if they are affected by the new proposals for payment for these services.

Since the introduction of the National Health Service, soldiers have been entitled to free dentures and spectacles like other members of the population. They are also provided as necessary with Service pattern spectacles for use under a gas mask. Previously they received free dentures and Service pattern spectacles only. The subject raised in the second part of the Question is at present under consideration.

Would my right hon. Friend assure us that a Brigadier with defective vision will not have to pay more for spectacles under the new provisions?