HC Deb 18 March 1957 vol 567 cc30-1
56. Mr. E. Fletcher

asked the Minister of Health what are his present proposals regarding the distribution of vaccines against poliomyelitis.

Mr. Vosper

A batch of vaccine was distributed last week and further batches will be distributed as they become available. They will be used in the first place for vaccinating children registered last year. I regret that there may on occasion be delay in this procedure, but I am sure that the stringent safety precautions are in the interests of the parents and children concerned.

Mr. Fletcher

In view of the very great public concern in this matter, may we have the Minister's assurance that he is now completely satisfied about the safety of the vaccines which are to be distributed?

Mr. Vosper

I am completely satisfied about the safety of the vacine to be distributed, but I warn the House that there will probably be further instances when delay will be occasioned because of these very stringent safety precautions, which, I am sure, are the wish of the country.

Mr. Hastings

Can the Minister give any estimate of the number of children who will be vaccinated before the summer by this and any other vaccine that he may have prepared?

Mr. Vosper

In view of what I have said, it might be unwise at this stage to give any estimate.