§ MR. HOPWOOD (Lancashire, S.E., Middleton)
I beg to ask the Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board why the Report of the Medical Officer of the Board is only able to produce the statistics of vaccination and smallpox deaths down to 1889?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Sir W. FOSTER,) Derby, Ilkeston
The statistics of vaccination which appear in the Report of the Medical Officers of the Local Government Board to which my hon. Friend refers show, with regard to the children whoso births were registered in the year 1889, the facts as regards vaccination up to January 31, 1891. A summary of similar Returns up to January 31, 1892, was published in the Annual Report of the Board last year, and the details as regards each Union 607 will appear in the Report of the Medical Officer for the year 1892–93, which is now passing through the Tress and will shortly be issued. This Report has been delayed in consequence of the pressure of work upon the Medical Officer in connection with the prevalence of cholera last year. The statistics as to deaths from smallpox in the year 1891 are given in the 54th Annual Report of the Registrar General, which was published at the end of 1892; and those for 1892 will appear in the 55th Annual Report, which, I believe, will shortly be issued.