HC Deb 04 April 1946 vol 421 cc1374-5
21. Mr. George Ward

asked the Minister of Health whether he will arrange for Form B, issued by the Ringwood and Fordingbridge Rural District Council in compliance with Articles 8 (2) and 8 (3) of the Public Health (Aircraft) Regulasible, because of the Convention, to dispense with question No. 9.

Mr. Bevan

The purpose of this form is to carry out the requirements of the International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1944. I will discuss with the local authority the possibility of simplifying it without infringing the Convention, but I do not think it will be possible, because of the Convention. to dispense with question No. 9.

Mr. Ward

Will the Minister bear in mind in these discussions that people who have completed a long flight are in no fit condition to perform the mental gymnastics required in filling up this form?

Mr. Bevan

On the other hand, the hon. Member must realise the; very great importance of being able to trace sources of infection. We are without serious epidemics in this country.

Sir Waldron Smithers

You are the source of infection.

Hon. Members: Withdraw

Mr. Popplewell

On a point of Order. Is it correct for hon. Members opposite to refer to you, gr. Deputy-Speaker, as being a source of infection?

The Deputy-Speaker

I think the phrase was very objectionable to whomsoever it was addressed, and I think the hon. Gentleman ought to withdraw it.

Sir W. Smithers

I withdraw it, unreservedly.