HC Deb 04 March 1953 vol 512 cc366-7
27. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many whole-time and part-time tuberculosis specialists, respectively, are at present employed in the colonial medical services; and what steps he is taking to impress upon Colonial Governments the importance of having tuberculosis specialists in these Colonies where they have not so far been appointed.

Mr. Lyttelton

About 25 full-time tuberculosis specialists are employed in 17 territories, including all the larger Colonies. I have no information about the number of part-time tuberculosis specialists helping Colonial Governments. The importance of appointing tuberculosis specialists is fully realised, but we cannot get enough. There are, however, arrangements for training in tuberculosis for colonial medical officers at the University of South Wales. Further, my consultant on tuberculosis has visited all Colonial Territories in West Africa and the Far East in order to advise on the problem.