Ministry's Report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health. – in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Department of Health for Scotland has issued a Report covering the work of that Department to the end of June, 1942; and will he take steps to issue a Report for England and Wales on similar lines?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir. A summary report for England and Wales for the financial year ended 31st March last is in active preparation, and I hope to present it shortly.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

How comes it about that the Ministry of Health in these matters is so much behind the Scottish Department of Health? What is the reason for the fatigue and paralysis in the right hon. Gentleman's Department?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The hon. Gentleman would be unwise to draw comparisons. Obligations may be the same, but the area is not quite the same. As he knows, there was, first of all, a decision not to publish certain reports, and that was reconsidered. I have taken steps to see that the most recent report shall be produced at once.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is not the Minister aware that the English are behind the Scots on all questions?