HC Deb 01 April 1957 vol 568 cc1-2W
30. Mr. Hobson

asked the Minister of Health the total amount paid for vaccine lympth as supplied to vaccinators and for the vaccines used in immunisation against diphtheria, whooping-cough, and tetanus and for B.C.G. inoculations; and what is the total amount paid since the operation of the National Health Service Act, 1948, for recording vaccinations and inoculations and for fees for clinic doctors who conduct sessions for these operations.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

The total amount paid by my Department for vaccine lymph from July, 1948, to March, 1956, was £183,748; the corresponding figures for material for inoculation against diphtheria and for B.C.G. vaccine were, respectively £170,215 and £13,473. Vaccines for immunisation against whooping-cough or tetanus are not supplied centrally. The cost of vaccines purchased directly by local health authorities or dispensed by chemists on the prescription of general medical practitioners, and the figure asked for in the latter part of the question, are not separately known.