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Sanitary Inspectors (Appointments)

Volume 236: debated on Tuesday 4 March 1930

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to the growing practice in Scotland of appointing medical officers as sanitary inspectors: and whether he will take steps to see that fully qualified sanitary inspectors are employed who are specially trained for this important work?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the nega- tive. As regards the second part, I am afraid I cannot accept the suggestion that a medical practitioner who is also the holder of a diploma in public health is unqualified for the office of sanitary inspector.

Is it not a fact that the qualifications for a sanitary inspector's certificate carries with it a knowledge of building trade construction; and, if I bring specific instances to the notice of the hon. Gentleman, will he cause inquiries to be made?