HC Deb 12 November 1936 vol 317 cc1066-7W

asked the Minister of Health in how many cases he has refused applications from non-county boroughs for orders authorising the borough council to become the local supervising authority under the Midwives Acts, 1902–26, and how many such applications were supported by the county council; how many applications have been granted; what are the considerations that weigh with him in dealing with such applications; and whether he proposes to adhere to his promise that he would give sympathetic consideration to applications from the smaller local authorities to supervise midwifery in their areas?


Since the passing of the Local Government Act, 1929, applications of this kind have been submitted to my Department by the councils of 69 non-county boroughs. Forty-one have been refused, of which six were supported by the county council concerned, and 28 have been granted. In dealing with these applications, the most important factor to which I have given consideration since the Midwives Act, 1936, came into operation is the number of whole-time midwives required for domiciliary midwifery in the non-county borough concerned. I can assure my right hon. and gallant Friend that the promise I made during the passage of the Midwives Bill will be adhered to, and that these applications will be granted wherever the circumstances justify the setting up of a new local supervising authority.