HC Deb 11 December 1961 vol 651 cc12-3
16. Mrs. Castle

asked the Minister of Health how many infectious cases of leprosy there were in Manchester on 31st October, 1961, and 31st October, 1951, respectively; and how many of these cases occurred among the West Indian population.

Miss Pitt

One and none respectively. Notifications do not give country of origin.

Mrs. Castle

Do not those figures, showing that there is only one case of infectious leprosy in Manchester and providing no evidence that the infection is coming from among the West Indian immigrant population, once again prove that attempts have been made to support the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill on grounds which are quite unfounded and that public opinion was aroused during the Moss Side by-election in favour of the Government Measure with no justification whatever?

Mr. Speaker

That supplementary question does not appear to relate to a matter within the responsibility of the Minister of Health.