HC Deb 19 March 1953 vol 513 cc190-1
17. Sir A. Hudson

asked the Minister of Health when the Standing Advisory Committee on Tuberculosis met last; how often it has met in the last 12 months; when it is intended that it shall meet again; if he will ensure that in future regular meetings of the committee shall be held; and if he will strengthen its membership by the appointment of a tuberculosis physician in clinical practice.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The committee has met once during the last 12 months— on 5th May, 1952—and its next meeting is on 1st April. The frequency of meetings is a matter for the committee itself. Its membership already includes three tuberculosis physicians with clinical charge of beds, and I do not consider it necessary to add to that number.

Sir A. Hudson

Can my right hon. Friend tell us how far he is guided by this important body when it does meet and makes recommendations?

Mr. Macleod

It meets when there is sufficient business to discuss. One of the important matters that it is to consider is the question raised in the House of Commons about tuberculosis brought in by emigrants to this country. I have the fullest confidence in this body and pay particular attention to its conclusions.