§ 57. Mr. G. Griffiths
asked the Minister of Health whether he will give, if possible for each 12 months separately, for 1935, 1936 and 1937, particulars of statistical and other results of the joint council of midwifery nutrition scheme for expectant mothers, stating also the total annual cost of this scheme and the annual amount of grant made by the Commissioner for Special Areas?
§ Mr. Elliot
The full cost of the scheme for the period from January, 1937, to 31st March, 1938, has been met from the amount of £8,500 granted by the Commissioner for the Special Areas. I regret that I have no information for the period prior to January, 1937, when the cost was defrayed out of voluntary contributions. As regards the statistical results of the scheme to date I would refer 582 to the replies which were given to my hon. Friend the Member for Wallsend (Miss Ward) on 17th March and 19th May of this year.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that out of 2,000 who were properly fed only one died in child-birth, whereas out of 2,000 that were underfed, seven died? Will he consider seriously the fact that 13s. 4d. spent on extra food in these cases would have saved the lives of these mothers?