HC Deb 08 June 1944 vol 400 cc1505-6
47. Mr. Colman

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether he is aware of the serious situation which is arising owing to the shortage of veterinary surgeons; and what steps he is taking to prevent further members of this profession being called up for military service.

The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. R. S. Hudson)

The question of the allocation of veterinary surgeons to meet the requirements of agriculture and of the Army is receiving the consideration of my right hon. Friends the Minister of Labour and National Service and the Secretary of State for War and myself.

Mr. Colman

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the shortage of veterinary surgeons is already seriously affecting the welfare of all kinds of high class British livestock? Does he appreciate how extremely serious the matter is?

Mr. Mathers

Will the Minister try to make sure that only qualified persons are allowed to practise in this field?