HC Deb 08 July 1941 vol 373 cc42-3W
Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Health why the Central Medical War Committee refuses to grant interviews to foreign and overseas doctors affected by the Medical Registration Order, 1941; whether he is aware that in the case of aliens three forms are required and in the case of non-aliens two forms are required to be submitted; and whether he will recommend curtailment of this procedure?

Mr. E. Brown

The Committee's staff could not interview these doctors, who number over 1,300, without seriously impeding their work of facilitating the employment and registration of the doctors. In any case no useful purpose would be served by interviews, because the Committee has full written particulars of the doctors which enable them to submit names to the employing authorities, by whom the selections for interview are made. The answer to the second part of the Question is Yes, and to the third part No.

Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Health what are the arrangements made by the air-raid precautions services for the care of wounded civilians in the event of invasion making road or telephone communication impossible over large areas, particularly in those coastal regions upon which the brunt of invasion may be expected to fall?

Mr. Brown

The arrangements made to meet the contingency described cannot in the national Interest be set out in detail, but my regional officers and the scheme-making authorities have been fully alive to it when reviewing the first aid posts, first aid points and ambulance services in their areas.