§ MR. ALDEN
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he can state the number of county boroughs, urban district councils, and other local authorities which have adopted the Notification of Births Act; and whether he can make any statement as to the measures that have already been taken by the large industrial centres of population?
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
The Act has been adopted by 132 local authorities. In most of the districts in which it has been adopted there is one or more female health visitors, whose duty it is, in appropriate cases, to visit and advise the mothers of newly-born infants, and in some instances the local authority avail themselves of the co-operation of local voluntary associations. In all cases the health visitors act under the supervision of the medical officer of health.