HC Deb 15 December 1948 vol 459 c175W
Mr. Viant

asked the Minister of Health what were the reasons which led to the change in the classification of chickenpox deaths by the Registrar-General.

Mr. Bevan

The method of determining for statistical purposes the assignment of many causes of death, including chickenpox, was changed in 1940. The new method was based on the form of entry of cause of death on medical certificates which was introduced in 1927 and had been on trial during the intervening years. This form of entry shows not only the final disease or condition leading to death but also the underlying cause and is in substance the same as that recently adopted by the World Health Organisation.