§ MR. CAUSTON (Southwark, W.)
(for Dr. FARQUHARSON) (Aberdeenshire, W.) asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether he has any further information to give the House as to the result of the negotiations he has been carrying on with the Swiss Government regarding the rights of English doctors to practise in that country?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (Sir JAMES FERGUSSON) (Manchester, N.E.)
I am glad to say that, since the hon. Member last inquired on this subject, it has assumed a more hopeful appearance. There is reason to expect that temporary measures will be adopted by certain Cantonal Authorities, by which British physicians will be enabled to practise, and I hope that a permanent and reciprocal arrangement may be arrived at.
§ MR. CAUSTON
asked, whether it was probable that the more favourable arrangement would apply to the whole of Switzerland, and not merely the excepted parts?
§ SIR JAMES FERGUSSON
said, no effort would be spared to conclude a satisfactory arrangement. There were, as the hon. Member was aware, considerable difficulties in consequence of the Swiss doctors requiring complete reciprocity, which they could not obtain, unless they were allowed to practise in the British Colonies.