HC Deb 18 March 1965 vol 708 cc322-3W
Mr. Taverne

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will publish the comprehensive revision of a system of international safeguards against military use of atomic energy materials supplied for peaceful purposes adopted on 25th February by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mr. George Thomson

It is not for Her Majesty's Government to publish this document, to which the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency has given only provisional approval. Final approval must await the next meeting of the General Conference of the Agency in September. I will, however, arrange for a copy of the present text, as amended by the Board of Governors, to be placed in the Library of the House when it is received.

1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1959–63
Number of deaths in Coventry 18 16 16 18 12 80
Percentage of all female deaths from cancer:—
1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1959–63
Coventry 9.3 7.1 6.8 7.4 4.7 6.9
England and Wales 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.4 5.2 5.4

Figures for 1964 are not yet available.

Mr. William Wilson

asked the Minister of Health (1) how many specially trained staff would be needed to provide regular tests for cervical cancer in the city of Coventry;

(2) how many personnel specially trained in the detection of cervical cancer are currently available on the staffs of Coventry hospitals; and what increase in these specialists is envisaged in the next five years;

(3) what facilities will be available in the new hospital building at Walsgrave, Coventry, for the detection of cervical cancer;

(4) how much space would be required for cervical test facilities to provide a routine test service at Coventry.

Mr. Loughlin

There are already three technicians in the Coventry hospitals trained in cytology, two more in the hospital group, and one at present under training. Hospital exfoliative cytology facilities are being developed as part of the hospital pathology services and the technicians work under a pathologist experienced in this specialised field. On the Board's latest calculations the equivalent of an additional two whole-time technicians would be required to provide regular tests for women aged thirty-five and over. Laboratory facilities will be extended, as necessary, as the