HC Deb 15 March 1955 vol 538 cc1103-4
23. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he has now reached any conclusions as to the effectiveness of vole vaccine in the treatment of tuberculosis as the result of the inoculations given to the children at Bridge of Weir Home.

Mr. J. Stuart

Vole vaccine, like B.C.G. vaccine, is a protection against tuberculosis, not a form of treatment. So far as can be established by testing all those who were vaccinated, the effectiveness of the two vaccines is closely comparable. There have been no cases of tuberculosis in the homes since vaccination began in 1951.

Mr. Rankin

Will the Secretary of State remember that these experiments have provoked a great deal of disturbance in the publicmind in Scotland, particularly in view of the fact that they were carried out on children who could be described as deprived children? Will the right hon. Gentleman in future watch this sort of experiment very carefully indeed?

Mr. Stuart

It will certainly be watched, but I hesitate to suggest that my personal observation would aid very much.

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