§ 38. Sir Smedley Crooke
asked the Minister of Health whether in view of the success attending the experiment of sending the mobile immunisation service for prevention against diphtheria to the children at Portsmouth, he will consider similar service being sent to children in other cities and large towns where the need for immunisation is equally urgent?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I have already taken steps to ensure that the idea to which my hon. Friend refers, which has been successfully adopted at Portsmouth and elsewhere, is brought to the notice of local authorities generally by my regional officers, and every opportunity is taken of recommending it in areas where it is likely to be practicable and useful.
§ Captain Godfrey Nicholson
Will the Minister consider the preparation of full-sized cinema films which can be used for propaganda? At present the available films are not suitable for exhibition in an ordinary cinema.
§ Mrs. Beatrice Wright
Has the Minister had sufficient co-operation from the schools in this matter?
§ 43. Wing-Commander James
asked the Minister of Health whether, since the immunisation of children against diphtheria is available without cost to all parents, he will make an Order that the full cost of treatment of diphtheria cases shall be recoverable from parents in cases where the patients have not been immunised?
§ Mr. Brown
I do not feel that I should be justified in adopting the particular suggestion made by my hon. and gallant Friend, but I much appreciate his desire to assist me in ensuring the immunisation of children against diphtheria and shall welcome his co-operation in the encouragement of the campaign to this end.
§ Wing-Commander James
Is it fair that the public should bear the burden of the negligence of parents?