§ Lord Balniel
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that in the Rutland, Chester, South Shields, Stoke on Trent, Tynemouth, Wigan, and Flint local health authority areas, less than 40 per cent, of the children under two years of age were vaccinated last year against smallpox; and what enquiries he has made of these authorities to find out why the vaccination figures in their areas are below the national average.
§ Mr. Barber
Yes. All local health authorities have recently been asked to try to raise the vaccination and immunisation percentages in their areas, and this is being followed up by special inquiries in areas where they are particularly low.