§ Mr. Ivor Thomas
asked the Minister of Health whether it is proposed to publish the 1931 fertility Report and the fertility data for 1939 accruing from the Population (Statistics) Act?
§ Mr. E. Brown
Fertility statistics for 1939 based on material obtained under the Population (Statistics) Act, 1938, have been prepared and will be published in due course under the limited edition arrangements applied to the Registrar General's annual publications. Fertility statistics based on the 1931 Census returns would normally have been published in a decennial supplement volume which was in course of preparation on the outbreak of war. The latter statistics are, however, indirect and far inferior to those now obtainable under the 1938 Act; and in the circumstances it has not been thought necessary to proceed with the completion or publication of this volume during the war, The principal indications afforded by the Census material were published in the Registrar General's Annual Review for 1937 (Text: Page 208).