HC Deb 25 November 1964 vol 702 cc1276-7
40. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has received the Milne Report on the typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen; whether he intends to publish it; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Judith Hart

My right hon. Friend and the Minister of Health have received the Report and hope to publish it before the end of the year. A statement will be made as soon as possible following publication.

Lady Tweedsmuir

Will this come before the House rises for Christmas so that the House will have an opportunity to consider it?

Mrs. Hart

The difficulty is that of printing. We hope that the Report will be printed before Christmas. The instruction to print and publish it was given within one day of the Report being received by my right hon. Friend.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Does the Minister agree that the great skill of the Medical Officer of Health in Aberdeen, as well as the other health-giving properties of the city, speedily brought that epidemic to an end and that Aberdeen has had one of its finest tourist seasons on record?

Mrs. Hart

I should not like to anticipate the Report by telling my hon. and learned Friend how far it goes in speaking of the beauties and amenities of Aberdeen. I can only assure him that he will have ample opportunity to discuss these points when the Report is published.

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