HC Deb 15 March 1951 vol 485 cc1753-4
43. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Labour approximately the number and percentage of nurses and those being trained in hospitals who were recruited from Eire, the Continent, Asia and Africa; and what steps are being taken to secure further overseas entrants.

Mr. Bevan

It is not possible to say how many nurses recruited from overseas are at present employed or in training in hospitals. In 1950 about 600 women including about 350 student nurses, were recruited under official schemes in Germany, Persia, Italy and the Colonies, while 564 men and women were transferred from the Irish Republic. In addition, over 900 individual permits were issued for aliens to take up nursing employment or training in this country. These arrangements are continuing.

Mr. Sorensen

Do I understand that there is no means of discovering exactly the proportion of nurses now coming from overseas? Is not it desirable to get that figure?

Mr. Bevan

I have already given a number of figures of those from overseas who have been employed under official schemes.