§ Mr. Ridley
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the infantile mortality figures in St. Kitts is 300 per thousand; and what action he proposes to take with a view to reducing the high rate of infantile mortality in that island?
§ Mr. Ormsby-Gore
The infantile mortality figure in St. Kitts, according to the 1936 Medical Report, was 164.1 per thousand. Active steps have been taken in St. Kitts in recent years with a view to reducing infantile mortality, which was as high as 245.57 per thousand in 1926 and 204.7 in 1934. It will thus be seen that a steady reduction is being effected, and I hope that this will continue.