HC Deb 11 March 1948 vol 448 cc180-1W
100. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations why the Development Plan for Basutoland makes provision for only five African medical officers at present, in view of the need for doctors and the prospect of eventual replacement of Europeans by African doctors in Government service.

Mr. Gordon-Walker

The Basutoland Development Plan provides for the expansion of medical services which is at present thought to be practicable in view of the limited sums available under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, and of the need for expenditure on other projects. The training of Africans as doctors is an essential part of the scheme.