§ Mr. HOGGE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Public Health Commissioner appointed for eight months to act at Simla possesses a British diploma in public health; whether, as this post is the highest in the service, and as the Government insist that officers appointed to any public health post must have a British diploma in public health, he will say why this qualification has been waived in this case; and whether there is any intention to make the appointment permanent?
§ Mr. RICHARDS
Lieut. - Colonel Graham, Indian Medical Service, who was appointed by the Government of India to act during the absence of the Public Health Commissioner on leave, is not registered as holding the diploma of public health. My noble Friend has no information as to the latter part of the question, as the appointment of Public Health Commissioner is made by the Government of India, but Lieut.-Colonel Graham holds the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery, Glasgow, and the diploma of Tropical Medicine. During the War he held the appointment of Assistant Director of Medical Services (Sanitary) at General Headquarters, Mesopotamia, and since the War he has held the post of Director of Health Services and Adviser to the Ministry of Health in the Iraq Government.