Venereal Disease

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 22nd October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Percy Barstow Mr Percy Barstow , Pontefract

asked the Minister of Health whether he proposes to take steps to compel compulsory notification of venereal disease, having regard to the increase of these diseases throughout the country?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am considering what action can most appropriately be taken to check the spread of venereal disease, but, at the present time, I doubt whether the particular suggestion made by my hon. Friend is best calculated to secure this object.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the difficulty of dealing with carriers of venereal disease, and whether he will consider strengthening the existing powers?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir. I am aware of the difficulties, and I have under urgent consideration the most effective methods of dealing with them.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage Lieut-Colonel Sir Arthur Heneage , Louth Borough

Will my right hop. Friend say how long these inquiries will take, in view of the situation at the ports, and will he treat this problem as a plague and cease to surround it with mystery and laissez faire?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am not talking about inquiries. I am talking about urgent consideration, which means, of course, that I am thinking about action.