HC Deb 14 April 1937 vol 322 cc990-1
24. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement as to the Departmental Committee in Tanganyika on the subject of human nutrition in that territory; and whether that committee will take into consideration the memorandum by the International Institute of African Languages and Cultures, pointing out the need of combining medical and anthropological inquiry in respect of nutrition problems?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

As the result of the circular despatch published in 1936 as Colonial No. 121, a Departmental Committee has been set up in Tanganyika as in many other parts of the Colonial Empire to study questions relating to human nutrition. Copies of the memorandum to which the hon. Member refers have already been sent to all African Governments, and I have no doubt that the desirability of combining medical and anthropological inquiry will be given full weight by the committee.

Mr. Mathers

Is there actual guidance in the despatch referred to that inquiry should follow those lines?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Yes. This despatch suggests certain lines, and, as I think the hon. Gentleman knows, a special committee of the Civil and Research Organisation here are receiving replies as they come in from the various Dependencies.

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