HC Deb 01 November 1955 vol 545 cc831-2
30. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that the system of hospital statistics in each of the regions for which he is responsible now provide complete information of the incidents of cases of cancer which come under their care, and that the follow-up of the results, for research purposes, is becoming more effective.

Mr. J. N. Browne

The completeness of the regional records is steadily improving, as also is the effectiveness of follow-up. In two of the regions the information is already sufficiently complete to enable some preliminary findings to be drawn from them, and I am sending to the hon. Member a copy of an article that has been published showing the kind of information that is becoming available.

Mr. Hannan

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the information he has given today differs in no degree whatever from that given in the 1953 Report of the Department of Health? In view of the importance of this matter, will he impress on all those concerned with this business the necessity to see that all regions are covered in this respect?

Mr. Browne

Yes, Sir.