§ 60. Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that a large number of spastics in the country are unable to obtain the help and instruction they need; that the number is increasing; that many are treated as mental deficients who are capable of responding to proper treatment and guidance; and what steps are being taken to assist financially and otherwise in the training of qualified teachers and helpers for the training and relief of spastics.
§ Miss Hornsby-Smith
No. The full range of services and staff under the National Health Service, Education and National Assistance Acts is available to spastics as to other sufferers. There is no evidence that the number of spastics is increasing. The danger that some children may be wrongly certified as mentally defective is recognised and guarded against. Special arrangements for training teachers and helpers for spastics as a separate group are not, in my right lion. Friend's view, required.