HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 c86
14. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Minister of Health what representations he has had from the London Borough of Redbridge about compulsory X-ray and medical examination of immigrants in their country of origin or at the port of entry; and what steps he is taking to check the spread of tuberculosis and other infectious diseases carried by intending immigrants into the United Kingdom.

Mr. Snow

I have seen correspondence expressing some dissatisfaction with the present arrangements for Commonwealth immigrants. Within the limits of existing powers, there are health checks at the ports of entry, and follow up arrangements in the areas where the immigrants settle. Medical examinations in the countries of origin are in process of being arranged.

Mr. Iremonger

Will the Minister beware of being too complacent about this question because arrangements at ports other than seaports and London Airports, are very unsatisfactory? The follow-up of cases to their destination is entirely haphazard. Is he also aware that arrangements made in the countries of origin are not very promising?

Mr. Snow

On the latter part of the hon. Member's question, we are still in process of negotiation, although I agree that consultation has been rather slow. As to the existing arrangements being unsatisfactory, all holders of labour vouchers are examined at ports of entry. If the hon. Member has particulars of a case where the follow-up or the examination at the port of entry has obviously been unsatisfactory, I shall be glad to look into it.