§ 3 Mr. T. WILLIAMS (for
asked the Undersecretary of State for India (1) what is being done in the provision of health schools for the training of workers either by the Government or by voluntary agencies;
(2) whether he is aware that the Report of the Public Health Commissioner with the Government of India for 1922 stated that the most urgent requirement of India was the appointment of a commission to 1799 inquire into the actual conditions of the people and to make definite recommendations on the measures necessary to secure a reasonable standard of life; and whether he can state what has been done, or is being done, in regard to the matter;
(3) whether he is aware that the Report of the Public Health Commissioner with the Government of India for 1922 reports that the director of public health for Bengal states that the maternal mortality is 20 per 1,000 births, and that the majority of the infants of mothers who died shortly after confinement also died, and that the main cause of maternal mortality is attributed to ignorance, carelessness, and dirt; and whether any steps are being taken to remove the causes?
§ Earl WINTERTON
I will answer these questions together, as they relate to branches of provincial administration for which Governors acting with their Ministers are now responsible, and in regard to which the Secretary of State's powers of superintendence, direction, and control have been rigidly limited by statutory rule. That being the position, my Noble Friend is not prepared as a general rule to require Provincial Governments to furnish information additional to that contained in their published reports, copies of which I shall be glad to have supplied to the hon. Member, if he so desires.