While admitting that it is extremely difficult, is it not a fact that since that date, nor indeed at any time, has the right hon. Gentleman made a formal request for the provision of medical personnel?
No, Sir. I am keeping in close touch with the Service Departments, and in the case of every medical officer who is discharged from the Departments, I take into consideration whether he will be suitable for this work or not. I am constantly reviewing the position, day by day.
I have advertised in the medical Press, and I have had a certain number of replies. If the hon. and gallant Member saw the comments alongside the applications after I have made my inquiries, he would know exactly the difficult position I am in.
The Central Medical War Committee was consulted by the Medical Personnel (Priority) Committee when the latter body was asked to consider the availability of medical men for pensions appeal tribunals.
Does my right hon. Friend know that at a meeting of the Committee last Friday, at which I was present, they said they had had no applications whatever, and that the Secretary of the Priority Committee also told me so?
Will my right hon. Friend make a definite application to the Central Medical War Committee to ask them if they will make inquiries as regards all the men who are constantly being turned out of the Services and many of whom would be very useful in this way?
I am quite willing to receive applications from anyone or to consult with anyone, and if my hon. Friend has the names of any medical men to submit to me, I shall be very pleased.