HC Deb 24 February 1958 vol 583 cc21-2
47. Mrs. L. Jeger

asked the Minister of Health what official positions, paid or unpaid, are held by Lord Moran in connection with his Department.

Mr. Walker-Smith

He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards.

Mrs. Jeger

I hope I. may be allowed to say that I am sure we all wish Lord Moran every success in the treatment of his eminent patient. May I ask the Minister if he is taking any notice at all of the derogatory remarks Lord Moran made about general practitioners when giving evidence to the Royal Commission?

Mr. Walker-Smith

On the first part of the supplementary question, we are all grateful to the hon. Lady for her graceful reference to Lord Moran's present preoccupations. In regard to his remarks about the relative calibre of general practitioners and consultants, those were made in the course of his oral evidence to the Royal Commission as an impromptu expression of opinion. I do not think it would be for me to enter into those matters.

Dr. Summerskill

In view of the fact that he was called to the help of the right hon. Member for Woodford (Sir W. Churchill) in the capacity of a general practitioner, may we come to the conclusion that he has relented?

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