HC Deb 19 July 1965 vol 716 cc1098-9
24. Mr. Alasdair Mackenzie

asked the Minister of Health whether, before briefing the British delegation to the World Health Organisation Assembly, he sought the opinion of all sections of the medical profession through such bodies as the British Medical Association, the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, the Royal Society, the universities or the Advisory Committee on Medical Research in Scotland, with regard to the desirability of setting up a World Health Centre in Scotland, Great Britain or elsewhere.

Mr. K. Robinson

The Medical Research Council and the Council for Scientific Policy were consulted on the scientific merits of this proposal and the delegation was instructed in accordance with their advice.

Mr. Mackenzie

Is the Minister aware that many distinguished medical men were in favour of setting up such a centre in Scotland? Was the Secretary of State for Scotland consulted about this matter?

Mr. Robinson

Certainly, the Secretary of State for Scotland was consulted. I should, however, tell the hon. Member that since the proposal for a World Health research laboratory was opposed at Geneva by a large majority of the Assembly, the question of its location does not arise.

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