§ Mr. Nicholson
asked the Minister of Pensions what delay there is in the supply of surgical boots, etc.
§ Mr. Wilfred Paling
The average time taken to secure delivery of surgical boots and appliances is about four months. The delay is due to the shortage of skilled labour, but action already taken and be-1588W ing pursued in conjunction with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour to obtain the required labour, including the release of skilled men from the Forces under Class B arrangements, will, I anticipate, result in improvement of the position in the near future.