§ 83. Mr. LANSBURY (for Mr. CECIL WILSON)
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the Health Report for the Straits Settlements for 1923, wherein it appears that in a population consisting of 341,091 Chinese, 62,870 Malays, and 34,869 Indians there was only one death from smallpox; and whether he can state what proportion of these coloured people had or had not been vaccinated?
§ Mr. ORMSBY-GORE
The report is under my consideration. Only one death in hospital is reported, but there appears to have been another fatal case in Malacca. I cannot say what proportion of the population is vaccinated. The report shows that during 1923 vaccinations or re-vaccinations numbered 30,769, and in the report on Malacca a reference appears to the effective vaccination of the population of that Settlement. The figures of population quoted by the hon. Member appear to refer to Singapore Island only.