HC Deb 07 May 1936 vol 311 cc1858-9

asked the Minister of Health the number of deaths from childbirth, and also the number arising therefrom, for the year ended 31st December, 1935, for the West Riding of Yorkshire, and the percentage per 1,000?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir K. Wood)

As the answer involves a number of figures I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mortality from Childbirth—West Riding—1935.
West Riding Administrative County. County Boroughs of West Riding West Riding with Associated County Boroughs.
No. of Deaths. Rate per 1,000 total Births. No. of Deaths. Rate per 1,000 total Births. No. of Deaths. Rate per 1,000 total Births.
Deaths classified to Puerperal Sepsis. 43 1.78 45 1.62 88 1.69
Death classified to Other Puerperal Causes. 62 2.56 59 2.12 121 2.32
Total Puerperal mortality 105 4.34 104 3.74 209 4.01


I think the hon. Member will agree that this is inconvenient to the House.


Is it not the case that the hon. Member asked for one set of figures and did not ask for them to be dissected, involving a long answer when a short one would have been sufficient?


Is it not a fact that more unfortunate figures apply to parts of the South of England where there is no unemployment than to the North?

Viscountess ASTOR

Is it not the case that until we get a proper system of birth control we shall never cut down the maternal mortality in the country?