HC Deb 08 September 1942 vol 383 cc47-8W
Mr. Leach

asked the Minister of Health when he will publish the return relating to the number of children immunised and cases of diphtheria occurring amongst them?

Mr. E. Brown

Incomplete information at present before me, representing about 90 per cent. of the local authorities whom I have asked for returns, shows that in the six months ended 30th June last, out of some 13,400 children notified as suffering from diphtheria about nine-tenths were children who had not been immunised, and that in 797 fatal cases there were 780 non-immunised children, as against 17 who had been inoculated.