HC Deb 29 June 1964 vol 697 c145W
73. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Health if he will state the dates, causes, and duration of, and the number of people affected by the typhoid outbreaks in Croydon in 1937 and in Harlow, South Shields, and Bedford in

Croydon County Borough Harlow Urban District South Shields County Borough Bedford Metropolitan Borough
Dates and duration October, 1937 to February, 1938 Mid-May to early June, 1963 Early June to late June, 1963 Mid-October to end of November, 1963
Cause Water supply probably infected by chronic carrier Believed to be caused by corned beef
Number of persons affected (cases of typhoid fever) 310 23 24 21
Number of persons compensated 337 8 37 10
Amount paid by the local authorities £110,657 £88 2s. l1d. £357 8s. 2d. £132 10s. 1d.
The Croydon Corporation paid compensation under the Croydon Corporation Act, 1939, to persons contracting typhoid or to their dependants. The other three authorities paid compensation under the Public Health Act, 1961, to persons stopping work at their request. No compensation was paid direct from Exchequer funds.