HC Deb 23 February 1939 vol 344 cc590-1W
Sir A. Wilson

asked the Minister of Health whether he has received details of the extensive experiments carried out at Stuttgart in curing whooping cough in children by flights at high altitudes; and whether it is proposed to make similar experiments in low-pressure air cabinets in this country, in view of the fact that whooping cough was responsible in 1936, in England and Wales, for three times as much infant mortality as all forms of tuberculosis?

Mr. Elliot

I am aware of these experiments, the progress of which is being followed with interest in my Department. With regard to the second part of the question, I am not aware that any experiments in the treatment of whooping cough by means of low pressure air cabinets have been undertaken, and I am advised that such experiments would be attended by considerable risks.