HC Deb 20 May 1974 vol 874 c50W
Mr. Greville Janner

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many babies have died during each of the last five years for which records are available as a result of asphyxiation through inhaling vomit; and how many were lying at the time on pillows approved by the British Standards Institution.

Dr. Owen

I regret that the precise information requested is not available. The annual numbers of children under one year of age whose deaths were assigned to inhalation and ingestion of food, including vomit, causing obstruction or suffocation were as follows:

1968 225
1969 264
1970 217
1971 190
1972 143

No information is available about the types of pillow used.

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