§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland if he will state under what circumstances the appointment of medical officer of health has been conferred in four cases in the Highland crofting counties of officers who do not possess a diploma in sanitary science, as required 1663 under Section 54 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1889.
§ MR. SINCLAIR
One medical man holds two of the four appointments referred to, so that in three cases the salaries were sanctioned on condition that the medical officer of health should take the diploma in terms of Section 54 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1889. In regard to the fourth appointment it was given to the county medical officer of the district who was appointed before such a qualification was necessary. It is understood that in none of these cases were the services of a qualified practitioner available.