HC Deb 24 June 1964 vol 697 cc390-1
17. Sir J. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many-cases of cancer were notified in Scotland in each of the past five years.

Mr. Stodart

Cancer is not a statutorily notifiable disease. The numbers of deaths from cancer in the last five years, however, were as follows:

1959 11,032
1960 11,033
1961 11,221
1962 11,476
1963 11,720
Sir J. Henderson

Does my hon. Friend realise the great anxiety that there is throughout Scotland at the enormous increase of this dread disease, and can I have an assurance that neither money nor effort will be spared to try to arrest and combat this dreadful disease?

Mr. Stodart

Yes, Sir.

Mr. W. Hamilton

; Can the hon. Gentleman say what steps the Government are taking to step up their campaign against smoking because of the connection between smoking and cancer?

Mr. Stodart

It is a fact that the great increase in the cause of cancer lies in cancer of the lungs. Continuing efforts are being made to improve the methods of earlier diagnosis and treatment, and the Government and local health and education authorities are carrying out a campaign to try to educate the public about the risk involved in smoking.