Sanitary Inspectors (Recruitment)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th December 1954.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford 12:00 am, 13th December 1954

asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made up to the latest convenient date in the recruitment of sanitary inspectors since 1st May, 1954.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I am informed that 84 students qualified as sanitary inspectors during 1954, as against 52 in 1953.

Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Dartford

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the concern expressed in some quarters about the lack of sanitary inspectors, and is he satisfied that the figures he has quoted will really meet the need, and, if not, are any further steps to be taken?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

They will not meet the need, but the trend is most encouraging—half as many again as the year before. I am very well aware of the need, which has been brought to my attention by the recent working party report.