HC Deb 06 November 1961 vol 648 cc18-9W
44. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Health what is the infant mortality rate in the United Kingdom; and if he will state, from information available to him through the World Health Organisation, how this compares with the rates in India, Pakistan, the West Indies and former British colonies in Africa.

Miss Pitt

Following are the figures:

The infant mortality rate for the United Kingdom was 23.4 per thousand live births in 1958, 23.1 in 1959 and 22.5 in 1960. The latest rates per 1,000 live births published by the World Health Organisation—in Annual Epidemiological and Vital Statistics, 1958— are:

India*, Union of 99.9
Pakistan† (1954) 96.6
The West Indies—
Antigua and Dependencies 82.0
Barbados 82.4
Dominica 110.9
Granada and Dependencies 74.3
Jamaica‡ (excluding Dependencies) 62.3
Montserrat 135.3
St. Kitts—Nevis and Dependencies 113.1
St. Lucia 115.4
St. Vincent and Dependencies 154.2
Trinidad and Tobago 62.7

There are no comparable figures given for the African countries, but the following are also included:

Nigeria—Lagos 79.0
Sierra Leone—Freetown 124.9
* Registration area.
† Registration area (which comprises about 90 per cent. of the total population).
‡ Provisional.