§ 18. Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the Minister of Health the total cost of all advertising matter in connection with the immunisation campaign during each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Bevan
The expenditure on publicity for the immunisation of children against diphtheria has been as follows:
I may add that since the immunisation campaign began, the number of deaths from diphtheria has fallen to one-third of the pre-war average. Apart from this saving of children's lives, the number of cases has fallen by 28,000—and as each child suffering from diphtheria costs about £30 for hospital care, this means a saving of over £800,000 a year.
£ 1940–41 800 1941–42 2,276 1942–43 19,909 1943–44 30,777 1944–45 32,467