§ Sir N. GRATTAN-DOYLE
asked the Minister of Health if he has any Reports from his medical advisers showing what are the diseases responsible for infant mortality, and which of these diseases are due to lack of sunshine and fresh air and which to other causes?
§ Sir K. WOOD
My right hon. Friend is advised that, generally speaking, infant mortality is due to three groups of ailments, (1) prematurity and allied conditions, (2) gastro-intestinal diseases and (3) respiratory diseases. Adequate sunshine and fresh air are essential to healthy development in infancy, and their absence may conduce to an increase in respiratory diseases as well as other ailments commonly associated with defective hygiene.