asked the Minister of Health if he has yet received a report from his representative who recently investigated the prevalence of tuberculosis in the county borough of South Shields; if so, what action he proposes taking; and if he will consider at an early date calling a conference of the authorities for dealing with tuberculosis on the Tyneside, with a view to securing the inauguration of a centralised and comprehensive scheme at the earliest possible moment?
The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. I have already communicated with the town council and have made certain suggestions for increasing the hospital provision available for the treatment of this disease in South Shields. As regards the last part of the question', if the local authorities concerned consider that a conference would be desirable, I shall be glad to do anything in my power to facilitate it.
May I take it that the right hon. Gentleman would be willing to call such a conference if requested, and arrange for one of his officers to attend?
Oh, most certainly.