HC Deb 12 February 1941 vol 368 c1341
11. Mr. Leach

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the fact that men who have been inoculated against typhoid fever and paratyphoid fever contract those diseases when exposed to them, as disclosed in reports on the health of the Navy, he will instruct those responsible for granting leave to withhold leave from the inoculated as well as the uninoculated when they visit ports in which there is any danger of infection?

The First Lord of the Admiralty (Mr. A. V. Alexander)

No, Sir. Although inoculation against typhoid and paratyphoid fever does not confer complete immunity, naval experience shows that inoculated men run much less risk of contracting these diseases than men who have not been inoculated, and that if they do contract them they have better prospects of recovery.

Mr. Leach

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he is labouring under a great delusion?

Mr. Alexander

I seem to be in company with a good many skilled medical men.