Hospital, Medical and Educational Services

Oral Answers to Questions — North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton 12:00 am, 15th November 1960

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what mutual arrangements exist between North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei in respect of the training of nurses and teachers, and also in the provision of hospital, medical and educational services.

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

In view of the number of trainees each Territory has its own training arrangements for teachers and nursing staff. There is close co-ordination of medical and education services—including training—between North Borneo and Sarawak. Generally the Brunei Government prefers to make its own arrangements, but there is some exchange of hospital services with Sarawak.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is highly desirable to promote as much integration as possible between these three somewhat similar Territories, particularly in view of the great resources of Brunei? Is any progress being made in that desirable direction?

Photo of Mr Hugh Fraser Mr Hugh Fraser , Stafford and Stone

As the hon. Member knows, there are problems in this matter. Brunei tends to look rather elsewhere, but there are certain geographical problems. Meetings of the directors of education and the health service take place annually.