HC Deb 31 July 1946 vol 426 cc931-2
39. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many African and British doctors, respectively, and qualified nurses are now giving service in West Africa; and what progress he expects will be registered in respect of the expansion of medical services and the increase of African doctors and nurses during the next five years.

Mr. George Hall

In order to give a complete reply to this Question I am asking the West African Governors for present figures and future estimates, and I will write to my hon. Friend when I have their replies.

Mr. Sorensen

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he himself knows in a broad sense whether any substantial progress has been made in the absorption of West Africans into the medical and nursing service?

Mr. Hall

Some progress has been made, but I would prefer to await the reply from the Governor before giving my hon. Friend any details.