HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c1337
9. Mr. Channon

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that doctors' fees for applicants for establishment in the Civil Service are paid by the Civil Service Commissioners whereas similar fees for potential school teachers are paid by the candidates; and whether he will consider amending his Department's practice to accord with that of the Civil Service Commissioners in view of the hardship caused to candidates from poor families.

Mr. Tomlinson

Students who have completed their training and are ready for employment are generally examined free of charge. Medical examination at the stage of entry into college is on rather a different footing and while it is possible that the arrangements for examination at this stage may be revised, I can give no undertaking that it will be possible to carry out the hon. Member's suggestion.

Mr. Channon

Is the Minister aware that this practice causes considerable hardship to a number of people who are already badly off?

Mr. Tomlinson

If it causes considerable hardship, it is strange that I do not hear about it.