Oral Answers to Questions — Blind Persons (West Riding).

– in the House of Commons am ar 31 Gorffennaf 1935.

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Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, owing to lack of employment in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a number of blind persons have been transferred to the Hull institute for the blind; that if any of these persons marry they are immediately dismissed and, at the same time, disowned by the West Riding County Council; and whether he will approach the local authorities of the West Riding and Hull as to the desirability of removing this ban upon marriage, which applies only to those transferred to Hull and not to local residents?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare Mr Geoffrey Shakespeare , Norwich

My right hon. Friend is aware that a number of blind persons from the West Riding are employed at the Hull and East Riding Institute, but, according to his information, their employment is not affected by marriage. If, however, the hon. Member will give particulars of the cases he has in mind, my right hon. Friend will make further inquiries.