HC Deb 03 August 1916 vol 85 c505
95. Mr. KING

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he has considered the case of a Russian doctor of medicine, a graduate of a Swiss university, who has been serving in this War in Serbia and only left when Serbia was evacuated by the Allies; why have the medical services of this doctor been refused by the War Office; will he say why he is being pressed into the ranks as a private; and whether, in view of this Russian doctor having served with our Allies, the Serbians, it is intended to deport this gentleman to Russia?


With the information contained in the question I can only satisfy my hon. Friend on one point. It is impossible to commission medical men who are not British subjects and whose degrees are not registrable in this country. If my hon. Friend wants me to make an inquiry on the second point of his question he will no doubt be good enough to furnish me with the name of the doctor in question. My hon. Friend has no doubt considered whether he should not advise this Russian medical man, who appears to have behaved very gallantly, to offer his services to the Russian Army through the Russian Consul-General.


Is the hon. Member not aware that I furnished the name two days ago with a number of others, giving specific details?


That has not been brought to my notice.