HC Deb 02 June 1931 vol 253 cc20-1
31. Mr. DAY

asked the Secretary of State for India whether he has any statistics and can state the infantile death-rate per 1,000, for the years 1929 and 1930, for the cities of Bombay and Madras; and has he any particulars that will show the number of these deaths that were registered attributable to smallpox?


It is regretted that figures for 1930 are not available. I will circulate a statement giving information for 1929 and a table showing the annual infantile death-rates from 1921.


Can my right hon. Friend say when the statistics for 1930 will be available?


I am not quite sure; such subjects do not come so particularly before my Department.

Following is the statement:

Bombay City.

The infantile death-rate was 300.66 per 1,000 registered births. Of the deaths of infants about 3.3 per cent. were registered as due to smallpox.

Madras City.

The infantile death-rate was 259.2 per 1,000 registered births. 503 deaths from smallpox (about 8.4 per cent. of the total deaths) were registered for 1929 but details as to how many were those of infants are not available. The epidemic was the severest since 1905 with the exception of 1924.

NOTE.—Infant for the present purpose means a child under one year old.

Bombay City.
Year. Ratio per 1,000
1929 300.66
1928 314.40
1927 319.12
1926 393.79
1925 359.05
1924 423.17
1923 413.91
1922 405.16
1921 672.12
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