HC Deb 30 July 1962 vol 664 c15
5. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health what action he proposes to take to implement the report of the Scott Sub-Committee on the Training of Staff of Training Centres for the Mentally Subnormal.

Mr. Powell

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply of 4th July to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, East (Mr. Bottomley).

Mr. Robinson

Is the Minister aware that this Report, apart from the somewhat discouraging preface, has been very well received? Since it suggests that we need more than 5,000 of these teachers, and we have at the moment fewer than 2,000, many of whom are untrained, will he go ahead with the setting up of a central training council, which is the essential first step to progress?

Mr. Powell

No, Sir. As I said in my answer to the hon. Gentleman's right hon. Friend, I really must first have the views of those concerned with this, and the matter must be maturely considered.