HC Deb 06 April 1939 vol 345 cc2966-7
14. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the need for closer supervision of the work of local authorities in Wales, as recommended in the report of the Committee on Anti-Tuberculosis Services in Wales, he proposes to examine the constitution and powers of the Welsh Board of Health so as to invest it with the authority necessary adequately to fulfil its duties?

Mr. Elliot

The report of the Committee on Anti-Tuberculosis Services in Wales is now receiving consideration.

The Welsh Board of Health has, in relation to transferred functions, the same powers in Wales as the Ministry of Health has in relation to similar functions in England. I do not think, therefore, that the Welsh Board lacks authority to fulfil its duties.

Mr. Griffiths

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider it desirable to review the position of the Welsh Board of Health?

Mr. Elliot

Yes, that will be done.

15. Mr. Griffiths

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to consider the revision of the existing local authorities in Wales, including the desirability of creating authorities whose financial resources will be equal to the duties imposed upon them; and whether consideration will be given to this aspect of the problem at the conference he proposes to hold in Wales to consider the report of the anti-tuberculosis services?

Mr. Elliot

This aspect of the matter is one on which the local authorities, whose views on the report are being sought, will doubtless have comments to make, and their views thereon will certainly be considered when a conference is arranged.