HC Deb 17 February 1944 vol 397 cc359-60W
Sir E. Findlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that the Scottish Central Medical War Committee have sent calling-up notices to a number of doctors in the Public Health Service; and whether he is satisfied that the withdrawal of these doctors is justified on the grounds of national interest.

Mr. Johnston

The action of the Central Medical War Committee, which followed a recommendation by the Medical Man Power (Priority) Committee, was taken only after careful inquiry in the various local authority areas by my medical officers. While I am, of course, very reluctant to see any reduction in the Scottish public health services, every

Pre-War Price Price on 1st Feb. 1944
Per Ton Per Ton
s. d. s. d.
"Derby Brights" 51 6 70 3
"Best Nuts" 48 6 67 3
"Kitchen Nuts" or "Hard Cobbles" 45 6 64 3
Dates and Amounts of Price Increases or Decreases.
Date. Cause. Amount
Per Ton
s. d.
1st November, 1939 Seasonal Increase 2 6
4th November, 1939 Pithead Increase 1 0
1st December, 1939 Distribution Costs Increase 1 0
1st January, 1940 Wages Increase (Carters and Loaders) 4
8th May, 1940 Railway Rates Increase: 1s 6d. 8
Pithead Increase: 8d.
Seasonal Decrease: 1s. 6d.
1st September, 1940 Seasonal Increase 1 0
5th November, 1940 Seasonal Increase 6
Pithead Increase 1 9
1st December, 1940 Railway Rates Increase (approx 1s.) 1 2
Wages Increase—Carting, Loading and Landing (approx. 2d.)
6th January, 1941 Pithead Increase 8
1st June, 1941 Pithead Increase 10
14th January, 1942 Distribution Costs Increase 4
3rd July, 1942 Pithead Increase 3 0
1st January, 1943 Pithead Increase 1 0
1st February, 1944 Pithead Increase 3 0

Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will state for three grades of coal in general use in South Lincolnshire, the pre-war price, and indicate, with dates, the increases in price that has been attained.

effort has to be made to meet the urgent need for doctors to serve with the Forces. This may involve some temporary curtailment in the routine medical work of the public health departments, but I trust, that by co-operation with neighbouring authorities it will be possible to overtake the essential public health duties.

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