HC Deb 06 November 1930 vol 244 cc1080-1W

asked the Minister of Health what consultative councils were established in England and Wales respectively, in pursuance of Section 4 of the Ministry of Health Act, 1919; which, if any, of these councils still continue to function; and whether, having regard to the fact that the status of the Welsh Board of Health has now been restored by the appointment of a chairman, he will consider the advisability of re-establishing the consultative council for Wales?


The answer to the first question is four for England and one for Wales and, to the second, that the English Council on Approved Societies Work continues to meet regularly. As regards the third question, so far as I am aware, the matter has only been raised of late in connection with approved societies work in Wales. A special Welsh Council for that purpose could not be established under the Orders as they stand, and I do not think in fact it is needed as there are on the English Council many representatives of approved societies operating in Wales and a member directly concerned with the administration of National Health Insurance in that country. The Council is thus always able to ascertain and have regard to the views of Welsh societies.