HC Deb 30 July 1914 vol 65 c1585W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Board of Control for the administration of the Mental Deficiency Act are now taking steps to have a medical woman inspector appointed; and if medical inspections for the male section of the community have been in operation for practically four months under the Act; and (2) why the appointment of a medical woman inspector under the administration of the Mental Deficiency Act has not been made, seeing that it was on 1st April last the Board of Control considered the matter urgent?


The matter is receiving the attention of the Board, whose views as to the need of such an appointment have undergone no change; but they have not yet secured the services of a suitable person. The matter is not urgent, as few new institutions have yet been opened, and the services of the medical men who have been appointed inspectors at various dates since the commencement of the Act are, of course, available for the benefit of defectives of both sexes.