Small-Pox Epidemic.

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing. – in the House of Commons on 6th December 1922.

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Photo of Dr Thomas Watts Dr Thomas Watts , Manchester, Withington

66.

asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, if, in view of the serious epidemic of small-pox, he will take steps to enforce the provisions of the Vaccination Acts; and, having regard to the fact that there are upwards of 3,000,000 unvaccinated children in the country, will he consider the advisability of repealing the conscientious objection clauses of that Act?

Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

My right hon. Friend is keeping continuously before him the question of the necessity, or otherwise, of amending the Vaccination Acts, but he is not prepared, at this stage of the present outbreak, to introduce legislation.

Photo of Dr Thomas Watts Dr Thomas Watts , Manchester, Withington

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that, owing to there having been so few prosecutions, if any, during the last few years, the Vaccination Acts have become practically a dead letter?

Photo of Mr Edwin Scrymgeour Mr Edwin Scrymgeour , Dundee

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman arrange for a statement expressly showing the number of cases in which death has taken place where there has been no vaccination, as compared with those that have been vaccinated?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

Perhaps the hon. Member will put that question down.

Photo of Mr Alfred Hill Mr Alfred Hill , Leicester West

74.

asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, how many unvaccinated children under 12 years of age he estimates as living in Poplar; and how many of these have suffered from small-pox recently?

Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

As explained in my reply to the hon. Member for Dundee on Thursday last, it is not possible to estimate the number of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age now living in this borough. Three unvaccinated children in the borough have contracted small-pox recently, and two of these cases proved fatal.

Photo of Mr Edwin Scrymgeour Mr Edwin Scrymgeour , Dundee

Why cannot the right hon. Gentleman refer to the register, which must be signed in each case, to see whether vaccination took place?

Photo of Mr George Lansbury Mr George Lansbury , Poplar Bow and Bromley

Will the hon. Gentleman give the House a statement showing the origin of the recent outbreak in Poplar, and the report of his chief official in that district?

Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

I will convey the request to my right hon. Friend.

An HON. MEMBER:

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that quite a large number of those who have died are vaccinated adults?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty

68.

asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, how many cases of small-pox have been notified to his Department this year, how many of them have proved fatal, the districts from which they came, with the vaccinal condition and results of the cases in each district, and the vaccinal condition of each fatal case, including any vaccinations that may have been performed during the incubation period of small-pox?

Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

Nine hundred and two cases of small-pox were

SMALL-POX.—ENGLAND AND WALES DURING THE YEAR 1922 TO 30TH NOVEMBER.
District.Number of Cases.Vaccinated.Unvaccinated.Vaccinated during Incubation Period.No. Evidence of Vaccination.No information.
Ashford U.11
Barnsley R.17314
Barry U.431
Barry P.S.D.11
Basford R.16313
Belper U.11
Belper R.4853463
Bentley-witb-Arksey U.12111
Bermondsey Met. B.11
Bethnal Green Met. B.11
Bexley U.211
Bilston U.11
Bingham R.11
Blackwell R.615
Bolsover U.15411
Cardiff P.S.D.11
Chadderton U.11
Chesterfield B.11
Clown R.9441
Crompton U.22
Darlaston U.211
Dartford U.761
Derby C.B.11
Doncaster B.16214
Durham R.11
Eastwood U.25421
Eston U.11182
Pulham Met. B.22
Golcar U.19514
Heanor U17161
Hebden Bridge U.11
Hucknall U.11
Huddersfield C.B.11
Ilkeston B.108426141
Kingston-upon-Hull C B.11
Kiveton Park R.11
Lambeth Met. B11
Leeds C.B.11
Lincoln C.B.11
Linthwaite U.38731
Liverpool C.B.22
Liverpool P.S.D11

discovered during the first 11 months of this year, of which 27 have proved fatal. Included in the total are certain cases which were discovered by medical officers of health or by medical officers of the Ministry, and were accordingly not-notified, while other cases which proved to have been incorrectly diagnosed are excluded. I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT a statement giving the particulars asked for in the last part of the question.

Following is the statement promised:

District.Number of Cases.Vaccinated.Unvaccinated.Vaccinated during Incubation Period.No Evidence of Vaccination.No information.
Long Eaton U.11
Manchester C.B.413
Middlesbrough C.B.2406516717
Middleton B.211
Northwich U.11
Nottingham C.B.38434
Oldham C.B.46123211
Poplar Met. B.4937714
Rotherham C. B.11
Royton U.422
Saddleworth U.539431
St. Helens C. B.11
St. Pancras Met. B.11
Shardlow R.321
Southampton C. B.312
Sheffield C. B.1156
Slaithwaite U.1349
Southall Norwood U.211
Southend-on-Sea C. B.22
Stepney Met. B.642
Swansea P.S.D.22
Todmorden B.1697
Wath-on-Dearne U.1
Wast Ham C. B.321
Totals90227159613166
FATAL CASES.
Barry U. D.11
Bethnal Green Met. B.11
Bexley U.11
Dartford U.211
Fulham Met. B.11
Lambeth Met. B.11—.
Middleton B.11
Poplar Met. B. 161042
St. Pancras Met. B.11
Saddleworth U. 11
West Ham C. B.11
Totals27121113

Photo of Mr Cecil Wilson Mr Cecil Wilson , Sheffield, Attercliffe

69.

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can state for each decade since 1871 as regards London and the rest of the United Kingdom, respectively, the total number of cases of scarlet fever, of enteric, and of small-pox which have been notified; and what has been the rate of mortality per notification?

Photo of Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter Major Sir Archibald Boyd-Carpenter , Bradford North

My right hon. Friend regrets that he cannot

supply the full particulars asked for, as notification of these diseases did not become general in this country until 1900, and the tabulation of notifications only commenced in 1911. I will, however, circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT particulars of notifications and deaths in London and in the remainder of England and Wales for the decennium 1911–1920.

Following are the particulars:

NOTIFICATIONS AND DEATHS IN THE DECENNIUM 1911–1920.
London.Remainder of England and Wales.
Cases Notified.Deaths.Deaths per 1,000 cases.Cases Notified.Deaths.Deaths per 1,000 cases.
Scarlet Fever138,7441,87814870,16914,95917
Enteric Fever5,8511,00817260,48611,419189
Small-pox170231351,29311186

Figures for port sanitary districts are included in the above table, but those for non-civilians are excluded from 1915 onwards, as they could be given only for England and Wales as a whole.