HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 cc2353-4
30. Mr. Kenneth Lindsay

asked the Minister of Health whether he will make a statement about the first assembly of the World Health Organisation.

Mr. Bevan

This most important assembly opened on 24th June. More than 50 countries are represented. The United Kingdom Delegation is headed by the Chief Medical Officer of my Department. The main subjects for consideration will, I understand, be malaria, maternal and child health, tuberculosis, and venereal disease.

Mr. Lindsay

I am obliged to the right hon. Gentleman. In view of the excellent work which this organisation is doing, and the firm technical ground now being established, will the right hon. Gentleman consider next year himself going to this Conference and representing the Government there?

Mr. Bevan

I attach the utmost importance to the work of this international organisation, and I am delighted to note that most of the great nations of the world are either members of it or are associated with this Conference. I will certainly bear the hon. Gentleman's suggestion in mind.

Mr. Wilson Harris

Could the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Soviet Union is taking part in the work of this Conference?

Mr. Bevan

I am glad to say it is.