HC Deb 02 May 1923 vol 163 cc1405-6W

asked the Minister of Health whether the sporadic outbreaks of small-pox in the North Midlands have yet been arrested; whether he has any evidence to show that the infection was originally conveyed from abroad; and what steps he is taking to guard against further outbreaks?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, I am advised that it is probable that the infection was originally introduced from abroad, but no definite evidence is available. Memoranda upon the steps requisite to be taken on the occurrence of small-pox have recently been issued by the Ministry to all sanitary authorities and boards of guardians throughout the country. My Department is in constant communication with the local authorities of the infected areas, most of which have been visited by medical officers of the Ministry, who have advised and assisted the local authorities and their officers in regard to the measures necessary to limit the spread of the disease. As at present advised, I do not think it is practicable to take any steps beyond those indicated to guard against further outbreaks.