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Medical Conferences (Official Receptions)

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Health to which international or European medical conferences he or his predecessors have given official receptions during the last five years.

In the meantime, will the Minister tell the House how those bodies qualified for the distinction, by what method they were chosen for it, and why this facility has been refused to the international conference of Catholic doctors which is to meet in London in July?

There are a large number of applications, even within the field of my own Department, for Government hospitality. On an average, it has been found possible to fit in only about three a year. The application to which the hon. Member refers was very carefully considered.

Following is the list:



1957International Congress on "The Circulation" Harvey Tercentenary.
Seventh World Congress of the International Society for the Welfare of Cripples.
1958Eighth Congress of the Medical Women's International Association.
National Association of the Prevention of Tuberculosis 5th Commonwealth Chest Conference.
1959International Society of Plastic Surgeons Congress, London, July, 1959.
British Commonwealth Medical Conference.
European Society of Haematology Congress.
International Congress of Proctologists.
International Union against Venereal Diseases and Treponematoses.
1960Fourth International Goitre Conference.
First International Conference on Congenital Malformation.
Conference for Scientific Aspects of Mental Deficiency.
1961Third International Congress of Dietetics.
International Optical Congress.
Seventh International Congress of the Permanent Section on Biological Standardisation of the International Association of Microbiological Societies.