HC Deb 21 November 1984 vol 68 cc198-9W
Mr. Coombs

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the 30 English non-metropolitan districts which have shown the greatest percentage growth in their electorate since 1979; and what has been the percentage growth and actual figures in each case.

Mr. John Patten

The information requested is in the table.

the number of children vaccinated against whooping cough started in 1958. Between 1958 and 1983 in England and Wales 12.9 million children were recorded as completing primary courses of vaccination against whooping cough. No analysis by sex is available.

Mr. Andrew Bowden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many of the 798 vaccine damage children were damaged by whooping cough vaccine.

Mr. John Patten

788 awards have been made under the Vaccine Damage Payments Act, 1979. Information is not available on how many of these have been made because my right hon. Friend is satisfied that severe disablement is the result of vaccination against whooping cough, but in 632 cases which resulted in an award, the claimants cited pertussis vaccine as the one they thought caused the severe disablement.