§ Sir L. Lyle
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that since the start of the war the general body of insurance practitioners have tried to secure an increase in the capitation fees adequate to enable them to meet the extra cost of wartime conditions and the increased work involved, the increase suggested being 2s., of which only 9d. was approved; and whether he has reached a decision on the direct representations made to him on this subject by the Insurance Acts Committee of the British Medical Association?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I received representations from the committee to the effect set out in the Question and I agreed that from the beginning of this year the capitation fee should be increased from 9s. to 9s. 9d. a year to meet the increase in practice expenses and the loss of private fees from the new class of insured persons. I have considered the request made this year for a further increase and on 17th October I informed the committee that I was not able to accede to this request.