asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the ease with which doctors may obtain admission on demand to places of military importance without being required to produce evidence that they are in fact doctors; and whether he will now take steps to see that all doctors are provided, without delay, with identification cards containing their portraits and some authoritative indication that the portraits are those of medical practitioners, in view of the fact that the scheme already proposed for that purpose has failed to operate except in comparatively few instances?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I am informed that the majority of medical practitioners have already taken advantage of the special arrangements announced last October for the issue of authorised certificates of occupation, and that those who have not done so are still at liberty to take advantage of these facilities. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War and I are not satisfied that any need exists for further documents of identification for members of the medical profession and I am, therefore, not prepared to take the steps suggested in the second part of the Question.