HC Deb 07 February 1934 vol 285 cc1115-6
11. Captain ELLISTON

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether as a result of his representations to the Government of Kenya, he has been able to secure for dental surgeons in that Colony the same exemption from annual registration fees as has been already conceded to medical men practising under the same ordinances?


Representations from the British Dental Association were communicated to the Governor of Kenya who points out that the decision to exclude medical practitioners from the scope of the Licensing Ordinance was taken because of the number of medically qualified men who, though retired from active work yet engage in a little practice in outlying districts for the benefit of their neighbours and derive little or no income therefrom. Similar circumstances do not exist in the case of dentists but any retired dentist who wishes to practise his profession in a small way is at liberty to apply for exemption from the annual licence. Correspondence on the subject is still proceeding.


Will my hon. Friend point out to the Kenya Government that this matter affects fewer than 20 dental surgeons who are placed in exactly the same difficulty in a new and scattered community as medical practitioners, and that they are entitled to fair treatment?


I am certain that the authorities have taken that into account in arriving at their decision.

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