HC Deb 21 October 1942 vol 383 cc1989-90W
Sir E. Graham-Little

asked the Minister of Health upon what expert advice and upon what basis he carries out his allocation of quotas of admission of students to individual medical schools; and whether he makes, or is prepared to make, such quota conditional on the acceptance by the school concerned of a certain proportion of women students?

Mr. E. Brown

By arrangement with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service the quotas for male medical students at each medical school are based normally on the average yearly admissions over the three years 1936 to 1939. In certain cases a variation to suit local conditions is allowed on the advice of the chief medical officer of my Department after considering the representations of the school authorities. Quotas for women students are similarly fixed on the basis of the average admissions for the three years 1937 to 1940. Where the number of male applicants falls short of the quota for men, no objection is raised to the admission of women to make up the deficiency if the school so desires. I have no authority to take the course suggested in the second part of the Question, which raises a separate issue of policy now under consideration by the Committee on Medical Schools.