HC Deb 18 March 1957 vol 567 c26
40. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health how many children aged five to 10 years died of leukaemia or aleukaemia in 1924, 1934, 1944, and 1954.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

The numbers were 28, 57, 58 and 111, respectively.

Dr. Stross

Is it fair to ask whether this rather rapid rise is paralleled in many other countries of Western Europe where diagnostic X-ray is used very widely? Is it true to suggest that the use of X-ray techniques with expectant mothers is the most deplorable method of using X-rays and is responsible in part at least, if not entirely, for this sudden rise?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

As a matter of interest, the death rate among adults has increased at a more rapid rate than among children. If the hon. Gentleman will put down another Question, I think I can give him figures in a more relevant form.