HC Deb 22 January 1941 vol 368 cc174-5
66. Mr. Brooke

asked the Minister of Health what measure of success has so far attended his appeal to parents to have their children inoculated against diphtheria?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Horsbrugh)

It is too early at this stage to attempt to assess the measure of success achieved, but the available information indicates that, at any rate in many areas, the appeal of my right hon. Friend has so far met with a good response from parents and local authorities.

Sir Stanley Reed

Is the hon. Lady aware that the activities of the Ministry in this direction are being subverted by an organisation which is trying to persuade parents not to have their children inoculated?

Miss Horsbrugh

I should be glad if my hon. Friend would send me details. In all probability, if the case were properly put to the parents in this country, they would see that the policy of the Ministry is for the benefit of their children and of all the children of the country.

Sir S. Reed

Has the hon. Lady received the communication I sent her in this respect? If not, will she make inquiries, because it must be on the way?

Miss Horsbrugh

I will certainly make inquiries.

Mr. Leach

Is the hon. Lady aware that I am one of the subverters, and am proud to be one? Shall I ever have the opportunity in this House of presenting the case for the other side?

Miss Horsbrugh

I cannot answer the last part of the hon. Gentleman's Question, but perhaps if he had some conversation with me and our experts, instead of being a subverter he would become converted, and be a real propagandist.