HC Deb 14 February 1879 vol 243 c1195

asked the Vice President of the Council, Whether the Government has received from the General Medical Council the Report on the working and constitution of the Council promised in July last; if not, whether the Government has any hope of soon receiving it, and will consent (in deference to the wish for a change in the constitution of the General Medical Council) to postpone legislation for amending the Medical Acts till this part of the subject can be included?


Sir, the Government have not received at present any communication from the Medical Council on the subject of the working of the Council. The Medical Council referred the subject to its Executive Council, and since that time there has been no meeting of the Council. The amendment of the Medical Acts as regards education, foreign diplomas, education of midwives, and other important matters contained in the Government Bill of last year, can proceed without prejudicing the subject of the Medical Council; but, as before stated, the Government desire to obtain further information before coming to a decision, and propose to constitute an inquiry into the subject of the constitution of the Medical Council.