§ Sir J. Mellor
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that in August the B.L.A. had one medical officer for 409 officers and other ranks, compared with one general practitioner for 2,576 civilians in the United Kingdom; and what steps he has taken to correct this anomaly.
§ Mr. Bevan
I have been asked to reply. The answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes, Sir." As regards the second part, the civilian position can only be remedied by an acceleration in the rate at which doctors are released from Services, and the Government are at present urgently considering to what extent this is practicable.