§ 56. Major PROCTER
asked the Minister of Health why leprosy has not been made a notifiable disease; and if he is prepared to make it notifiable?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of HEALTH (Mr. Shakespeare)
My right hon. Friend is advised that in the conditions which exist in this country leprosy is very unlikely to be conveyed from one person to another. The number of imported eases is very small and no instance is known in which infection has resulted from contact with them. My right hon. Friend is advised accordingly that compulsory notification is not required in the interests of the public health.