HC Deb 15 February 1921 vol 138 c10W

asked the Minister of Health whether those counties in England and Wales in which there has been the greatest amount of abstention from vaccination during the past twenty years show any greater incidence of smallpox than those counties in which acceptance of vaccination has been greatest; and, if no statistics are available which would enable reliable deductions of this character to be drawn, will he arrange in future for such statistics to be kept, having regard to their importance in relation to the vaccination controversy?


No statistics of the kind and degree indicated are available in regard to the incidence of smallpox, or the extent to which vaccination has been accepted, in the several counties during the past twenty years. I do not see my way to approving special arrangements for the collection of such statistics.