HC Deb 31 January 1962 vol 652 c1087
32. Dr. A. Thompson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how the number of deaths from lung cancer and bronchitis in Scotland compares with that in England and Wales.

Mr. Galbraith

The death rate from lung cancer in Scotland in 1960 was 46.5 per 100,000 population compared with 48.3 in England and Wales. The death rate from bronchitis was 42.5 in Scotland compared with 58.2 in England and Wales.

Dr. Thompson

In view of the association of these diseases, particularly bronchitis, with air pollution, and in view of the fact that certain areas of Scotland are very vulnerable, because of the prevailing winds, to polluted air carried into their midst, will he tell us what research is being done into air pollution in different types of localities in Scotland and what assistance is given to local authorities to get the pollution officers they need?

Mr. Galbraith

I should rather like to look at that point which the hon. Member has raised about pollution and make inquiries into it. As for clean air, my right hon. Friend is pressing local authorities and having some success in getting them to implement clean air schemes.