65. Dr. VERNON DAVIES
asked the Minister of Health if he will give the small-pox statistics for 1927 in England and Wales; and the number of cases of small-pox for the latest date available?
§ Sir K. WOOD
14,764 cases of smallpox were notified in England and Wales during 1927, and there were 49 deaths in respect of which small-pox was entered 222 on the medical certificate as the cause, or one of the causes, of death. 2,582 cases have been notified during the first seven weeks of the present year, but no particulars as to deaths are yet available.
Can my right hon. Friend say whether the number of smallpox cases so far this year is greater than the number in the corresponding period last year?