HC Deb 22 November 1956 vol 560 c1925
36. Dr. Broughton

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will offer nursing and domestic work in hospitals to suitable Hungarian refugees.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Yes, Sir.

Dr. Broughton

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him to bear in mind the needs of mental hospitals, some of which are seriously short of nursing staff?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, Sir. I am sure that the interviewing officers know very well the needs of all hospitals, and particularly of mental hospitals.

Mr. Remnant

Is my right hon. Friend taking any special measures to deal with the difficulty of the language problem?

Mr. Macleod

We are very happy and honoured to have the Hungarian visitors here, but I hope that they will learn English rather than that we shall have to learn Hungarian. We have, in fact, found that the matron of one hospital speaks Hungarian, and in a number of cases special English classes are being organised.