HC Deb 07 December 1948 vol 459 c254
19. Mr. William Ross

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will give the most recent infant mortality figures for Scotland; how these compare with England and Wales; and what steps he is taking still further to reduce the rate.

Mr. Woodburn

As the answer includes a number of figures, I shall with permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the information:

(Deaths of Infants under 12 months per 1,000 Live Births)
Year Scotland England and Wales
1947 56 41
1st Quarter 51 41
2nd Quarter 43 31
3rd Quarter 40* 28
* Provisional

The National Health Service recognises the special needs of expectant mothers and infants by requiring local health authorities to make arrangements for their care, to supplement the general services available to them. The Department of Health for Scotland maintain close contact with authorities and encourage them to keep extending and improving their arrangements so far as practicable.