HC Deb 24 July 1957 vol 574 cc66-7W
Colonel Glyn

asked the Minister of Health what are the prospects of an increase in the present supply of home-produced poliomyelitis vaccine.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Messrs. Glaxo Laboratories have decided to expand their production by 50 per cent. on an undertaking by the Government that, for a period of at least a year from the time when the additional vaccine becomes available, and subject to the price being satisfactory, it will make a proportionate increase in the amount purchased. Messrs, Burroughs Wellcome are expected to come into production later this year.

If these expectations are realised we should be able to consider a corresponding extension of the arrangements for vaccination, which are at present restricted to children born between 1947 and 1956 inclusive, but I must repeat and emphasise that nothing in this field is predictable either in this country or elsewhere.