HC Deb 17 July 1913 vol 55 c1438
30. Mr. MUNRO

asked the Secretary for Scotland whether, in view of the importance of passing into law this Session the Bill dealing with medical service in the Highland and Islands in Scotland and of the time which will be occupied in Grand Committee by the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Bill, he can state what steps he proposes to take to ensure that the former Bill shall become law before the Prorogation?


My hon. and learned Friend will see that the Money Resolution on which the Highands and Islands (Medical Service) Bill will be founded is on the Paper to-day.


asked the Prime Minister if he will state when the Government intend to introduce the Bill dealing with medical service, under the National Insurance Act, in the Highlands of Scotland?


I understand that the notice of the Money Resolution upon which the Bill is founded, is on the Paper to-day.


asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he has now decided when he will introduce the Bill for dealing with the insanitary conditions, the scarcity of medical attendance, and the almost entire absence of nursing homes and any provision for consumptives in the Highlands and Islands; and whether, in view of the fact that the Scottish Grand Committee is subjecting the Mental Deficiency and Lunacy (Scotland) Bill to such microscopic examination that during four protracted sittings it has succeeded in passing two Clauses out of the seventy-five, he will favourably consider the proposal to keep the Bill dealing with the Highlands and Islands in Committee of the Whole House, especially in view of the fact that all the Scottish Members, irrespective of party, are unanimous in favour of the Bill passing?


I am afraid that I can only refer my hon. Friend to the reply which I gave him on Monday last.