HC Deb 13 June 1961 vol 642 cc181-2
13. Mr. Boyden

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many medical students are currently being trained in medical schools in British Colonial Territories; and what was the total number of doctors qualifying in these schools in 1960.

Mr. H. Fraser

I am asking the overseas Governments concerned for the precise information requested and will write to the hon. Member when I have received their replies.

It is, however, estimated that over 700 medical students are receiving training; and nearly 100 doctors qualified last year.

Mr. Boyden

I thank the Minister for taking that trouble. How closely does his estimate correspond with the needs of the Colonial Territories, and what steps has he in mind for the immediate future to increase the number of medical students?

Mr. Fraser

That is a different question. When I have received the precise information, I shall be very happy to answer a further Question on the subject.

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