HC Deb 07 December 1944 vol 406 cc709-11
35. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for India what steps he is taking to promote medical research in India; and if he will consider asking the Medical Research Council to investigate the effects

India and the various Provincial Governments. According to the latest figures available the number of European officers so employed on 1st January, 1943, was 1,771. I am circulating with the OFFICIAL REPORT information as to the services to which these officers belong.

Captain Gammans

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is commonly believed in America and in the Dominions that the number of European officers still remaining in India runs into hundreds of thousands? Would he therefore, be good enough to give such publicity as he thinks desirable to these figures and, above all, to show how the number has decreased, in the last 10, 15 and 20 years?

Mr. Amery

I will certainly keep that point in mind.

Following is the Statement:

of the famine in Bengal in respect of malnutrition and deficiency diseases.

Mr. Amery

The Director General of the Indian Medical Service has just completed a visit to this country and the United States of America in which he explored various means of promoting medical research in India and liaison between Indian research workers and those elsewhere. The Government of India are looking forward to receiving recommendations on these subjects from the Health Survey and Development Committee under Sir Joseph Bhore (of which the Director General is a member) and have already before them some valuable proposals made by the hon. Member for Cambridge University (Professor A. V. Hill). The Famine Inquiry Commission under Sir John Woodhead has within its scope the subject of the second part of the hon. Member's Question. Dr. Aykroyd, the Director of the Nutritional Research Laboratory at Coonoor, is a member of the Commission.

Mr. Gallacher

When a report is submitted, will it be placed in the Library?

Mr. Amery

Yes, Sir, I expect that it will be available.