HC Deb 06 August 1940 vol 363 cc16-7
29. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether, in view of possible breakdown of provisions for sanitation in local areas, he will consider taking steps to have the whole population[...] inoculated against typhoid fever; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Mr. E. Brown

I do not think that inoculation of the whole population against typhoid fever is practicable or advisable. Facilities are available for anti-typhoid inoculation where required.

Mr. Gibson

Is it not the case that this is the usual practice in the Army? Can the right hon. Gentleman suggest any alternative method of protection against typhoid in these circumstances?

Mr. Brown

Certainly, there is a number of methods. My hon. learned Friend will be glad to know that there is a considerable quantity of typhoid and para-typhoid vaccine now held at several centres in Scotland, and that this can quickly be made available in any region where there is special risk. The local authorities are aware of these reserves.