§ 55. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance if he will make a statement on the 131W effect which the present typhoid epidemic in Aberdeen has had on the number and nature of pensions there.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
On the latest information, the Department's Aberdeen office is paying sickness benefit in respect of 100 people who are suffering from typhoid fever and 155 others who are contacts or carriers and are staying away from work on the instructions of the medical officer of health. There are also about 120 people receiving unemployment benefit who have lost employment because of the epidemic.