HC Deb 06 November 1934 vol 293 cc857-8W

asked the Minister of Health whether any 'statistics exist to show if any increased maternal mortality in Liverpool is caused by malnutrition of mothers and whether he can give the annual figures for maternal mortality in Liverpool and Birkenhead for the past six years as compared with those for the whole of England and Wales?


There is no evidence from statistics that any increase in the maternal mortality rate in Liverpool is caused by malnutrition of the mothers. The Liverpool rate is still well below the rate for the whole country. The answer to the second part of the question is given in the following statement:

Maternal mortality per 1,000 Total (Live and Still) Births.
For 1928 and 1929, only the rates per 1,000 live births (shown in brackets) are available.
Liverpool. Birkenhead. England and Wales.
1928 (3.76) (5.13) (4.42)
1929 (3.29) (2.03) (4.33)
1930 3.62 4.09 4.42
1931 2.79 3.17 3.94
1932 2.68 4.01 4.04
1933 3.41 5.07 4.32