§ Dr. Stross
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the approximate total number of lepers in all the Colonial Territories, listing them for each territory; the number of hospitals and clinics in each territory; and the extent to which sulphone treatment is given.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
I am asking Governments to provide figures of the number of persons suffering from leprosy who are at present known to be receiving treatment, and will write to the hon. Member. No estimate can be given of persons suffering from the disease in all its forms and not under active treatment. The present trend is towards treating leprosy as far as possible in voluntary segregation or as out-patients in clinics, not solely in specialised institutions: it would not be practicable to provide a complete list. Treatment with modern (including sulphone) drugs is universally the rule.