§ 15. Mr. MONTAGUE
asked the Minister of Pensions what is the number of medical officers holding the appointment of Area Deputy Commissioner of Medical Services and what is the average number of square miles in each area outside the Metropolis; and whether any deputy commissioner of medical services is responsible for more than one area as originally constituted under the War Pensions Act, 1921?
§ Major TRYON
The number of Area Deputy Commissioners of Medical Services is 57, of whom five are stationed in the Metropolitan areas. The square mileage of the districts covered by these medical officers is irrelevant to the question of their proper distribution, which is made, and where necessary, varied, 632 in accordance with the distribution and needs of the ex-service population. In the more densely populated districts, where the work is heaviest, the deputy commissioners are provided with assistants, who number 30 in all. The reply to the last part of the question is in the affirmative.