§ 14. Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons 520 have died of lung cancer in Scotland in each of the last five years; and, on the basis of figures available from international sources, how these figures compare with other Western European countries.
§ Mr. Monro
Deaths in Scotland from cancer of the trachea, bronchus and lung in each of the years 1966 to 1970 numbered 3,022, 3,145, 3,197, 3,277 and 3,443, respectively.
The most recent international comparison made by the World Health Organisation in 1967 indicates that death rates in Scotland from this cause are higher than in any other country in Western Europe.
§ Mr. Dempsey
Have the medical authorities given any reasons for this distressing and unparalleled death rate in Scotland from cancer? Will the Under-secretary of State give the House an assurance that finance will be no obstacle in prosecuting the campaign against this killer disease? Will he say to what extent, if any, Scotland will benefit from the cancer research campaigns outside this country?
§ Mr. Monro
I cannot give any specific reason, but the figure is marginally higher than in England and Wales. We are doing all we can in the preventive field. Cash is not unlimited but is substantial. My Department's Health Education Unit was one of the first to use television, and at least £40,000 will be spent this year on television material. In reply to the second part of the question, the Director of the Scottish Health Education Unit has visited the United States and research done in other countries is constantly being studied.
§ Mr. MacArthur
Will my hon. Friend say whether a further study of these terrible figures is likely to show any geographical difference in the incidence of respiratory cancer?
§ Mr. Carmichael
Will the Minister confirm that the amount of money spent on the campaign directed at the younger generation against smoking will be increased? The figures are so shocking 521 that extra money should be given by the Government for this purpose and the campaign directed at school children should be intensified.
§ Sir G. Nabarro
I applaud the excellent example set by the Scottish Ministers, but do not these appalling figures demonstrate graphically the in-ineffectualness of the Government's policy on smoking and health? Had the Government adopted the Tobacco (Health Hazards) Bill making it legislatively necessary to take stern action against smoking, these figures could have shown some abatement.