HC Deb 17 February 1966 vol 724 cc297-9W
Mr. Howe

asked the Minister of Health whether he will publish in the Official Report a table which sets out the Statutes whose enforcement or operation falls within the responsibility of his Department or of local or other public authorities under the guidance or surveillance of his Department and which provide for the licensing, registration or inspection of persons, premises or institutions of a particular kind, identifying in each case the authorities or persons by whom such licensing, registration or inspection is to be effected, and stating in each case the extent to which he is satisfied that the processes of licensing, registration and inspection are being completely and effectively carried out.

Mr. Loughlin

Powers or duties exist under the following Statutes:

Statute Subject Authority or persons with relevant duties or powers
Midwives Act, 1951 Certification of midwives and inspection of training institutions. Central Midwives Board.
Food and Drugs Act, 1955 (a) Registration of certain food premises. Borough, urban district and rural district councils, and Common Council of City of London.
(b) Inspection for purposes of enforcement of the Act Officers authorised by Minister or local authority.
Therapeutic Substances Act, 1956 (a) Licensing of manufacturers and importers of specified biological substances. Minister of Health.
(b) Inspection of premises used for this purpose. Persons authorised by Minister of Health.
Nurses Agencies Act, 1957 (a) Licensing of nurses agencies County, county borough and London borough councils and Common Council of City of London
(b) Inspection of nurses agencies. Registered nurse or other officer authorised by licensing authority.
Nurses Act, 1957, and 1964 Registration and enrolment of nurses, and inspection of training institutions. General Nursing Council.
Mental Health Act, 1959 (a) Inspection of premises provided by local health authorities for mentally disordered persons. Officers of the Minister of Health authorised for this purpose.
(b) Inspection of premises in which mentally disordered person is living not under proper care. Mental Welfare Officers of local health authority.
We have no reason to think that these powers are not being effectively exercised when necessary.