HC Deb 02 March 1977 vol 927 cc244-5W
Mr. Patrick Jenkin

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in order to reduce the incidence of congenital deafness, he will introduce a policy of eradicating German measles in place of the present policy of containment.

Mr. Ennals

The object of the present policy of rubella immunisation is to protect women of childbearing age against the disease, so that their babies will not be harmed if they are exposed to rubella in early pregnancy. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation considered that this could best be achieved by offering rubella vaccination routinely to all girls between their eleventh and fourteenth birthdays so that they would be protected against the disease before entering the usual childbearing period. The Joint Committee further recommended that women already in the childbearing period should be tested serologically and if found to be susceptible to rubella, offered vaccination. The Joint Committee did not consider justifiable a programme of total eradication of rubella, which would involve vaccinating boys as well as girls.

Condition ICD Code Numbers in thousands
1. Neoplasms 140–239 0.4
2. Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 240–279 0.2
3. Diseases of the blood and blood forming organs 280–289 0.1
4. Diseases of the central nervous system 320–389 23.6
5. Diseases of the circulatory system 390–458 1.6
6. Diseases of the respiratory system 460–519 0.5
7. Diseases of bones and organs of movement 710–738 6.4
8. Congenital malformations 740–759 2.9
9. Amputations 0.6
10. Other conditions 0.1

Mr. Hannam

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the latest total of recipients of the mobility allowance.

Mr. Alfred Morris

About 36,400 people are now in receipt of mobility allowance.