HC Deb 26 February 1931 vol 248 cc2271-2

asked the Minister of Health the number of deaths from influenza for each year since the War and for each month from January, 1930; and whether he has any evidence as to the cause of the increase?


As the answer to the first part of the question involves a number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I regret that I cannot give the number of deaths for each month but I am giving the number for each quarter of 1930. According to my information the prevalence of influenza has been greater during the present year than during the corresponding period of 1930, but considerably less than during that period of 1929. As my hon. Friend will see from the figures circulated the numbers of deaths vary substantially from year to year and I am advised that it is not possible to ascribe this variation to any particular cause.

Following is the statement:

Numbers of deaths registered in England and Wales in the years 1918–1930 and classified to influenza.

Year. Number.
1918 112,329
1919 44,801
1920 10,665
1921 8,995
1922 21,498
1923 8,461
1924 18,986
1925 12,721
1926 8,936
1927 22,263
1928 7,754
1929 29,084
1930 5,002
namely:—Quarter ended—
31st March 2,193
30th June 1,153
30th September 457
31st December 1,199