§ Mrs. Sally Oppenheim
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the figures for hospital in-patient cases and deaths of children, respectively, resulting from the toxic effects of chiefly non-medicinal substances in England and Wales, up to the latest date for which they are available.
§ Mr. Alison
Toxic effects of chiefly non-medicinal substances, excluding carbon monoxide and noxious foodstuffs, were the cause of about 8,170 hospital in-patient cases and 11 deaths of children under 15 years of age in 1971. The provisional figure for deaths in 1972 is six. I sent to my hon. Friend corresponding figures for earlier years on a previous occasion.