asked the Minister of Health, to what extent the local government requirements for public health inspectors are not being met; if he will state the reasons for any shortfall; and what steps he is taking to deal with the situation.
An inquiry made by the Public Health Inspectors Education Board showed that in December, 1963, about 12 per cent. of public health inspectors posts were unfilled. The shortage is due particularly to extension of the scope of their duties under recent legislation. As the number of public health inspectors entering training has been rising substantially, my right hon. Friend has no present proposals for further action.