§ Captain Kerby
asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the Maclean Report of the Metropolitan Water Board, which reveals the presence of parasitic infection in the stool specimens of 14 of the first 21
Place of birth United Kingdom West Indies Cyprus Irish Republic Number examined … … 11,558 473 187 745 Cases of active tuberculosis found … … 66 2 3 31 Rate per 1,000 … … 5.7 4 16 42
coloured West Indian workmen employed by the Board; whether he is aware that ascaris ova were found in eight specimens; trichuris trichiura ova in five, ancylostoma ova in six and entamæba histolytica cysts in one; and what steps he is taking to protect the public health in this regard.
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
I am aware of the results of Dr. Maclean's investigations which have been published in a journal widely read in the public health service.
I am advised that if the general hygienic precautions recommended in the Memorandum: "Safeguards to be adopted in the day-to-day administration of Water Undertakings" are followed, there should be no danger to the public health. I am informed that the Metropolitan Water Board has followed the advice in this Memorandum.