HC Deb 14 March 1958 vol 584 cc91-2W
Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Health the latest date on which a batch of records from his Department was transferred to the Public Record Office.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Sixth September, 1957.

Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Health the date of the last destruction schedule made under the Public Record Office Act, 1877, relating to non-current records in his Department.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Seventh November, 1956.

Dr. Donald Johnson

asked the Minister of Health, how many of the 20.500 general practitioners in practice in 1951 were, respectively, principals working alone, principals working in partnership, assistants, or trainee assistants; and if he will give the same separation in regard to the 22,500 general practitioners in practice in 1956.

Mr. Walker-Smith

The following table gives an analysis of principals providing unrestricted general medical services, and shows the number of assistants and trainees, in England anti Wales on 1st July, 1952 (the earliest date for which figures are available in this form) and on 1st July, 1956:—

1st July, 1952 1st July, 1956
Principals—Single handed 7,459(a) 6,568(b)
Principals in partnerships 9,745 12,514
Assistants 1,689 1,546
Trainees 309 368
Total 19,202(c) 20,996(c)


(a) Includes 991 with assistants.

(b) Includes 713 with assistants.

(c) The totals differ from those stated in the Question because the latter include all principals in Scotland as well as in England and Wales and exclude all assistants and trainees.