§ 4. Mr. Henderson Stewart
asked the Minister of Labour if lie is aware of the dissatisfaction felt by Scottish representatives who attended the recent meeting convened by his Department in London to consider the problem of recruiting attendants for mental institutions; that these representatives have reported that the acute shortage of attendants in Scottish institutions was never discussed nor 926 their prepared case heard; and, in view of the grave nature of the problem in Scotland, what action he proposes to take to meet the local authorities' needs.
§ Mr. Bevin
I assume my right hon. Friend is referring to the recent meeting of the National Advisory Council for the Recruitment and Distribution of Nurses and Midwives held on 26th January. Discussions at meetings of the council are confidential. I am, however, assured by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, who is chairman of the Council, that the Scottish representatives, like others present, had full opportunity to contribute to the discussion on the problem of the recruitment of nursing staff for mental institutions. The discussion was not concluded, but will be continued at the next meeting to which the Scottish representatives have again been invited.
In view of the statements made by these representatives on their return to Scotland, will my right hon. Friend indicate when the next meeting is likely to be held?