Venereal Disease

Oral Answers to Questions — Public Health – in the House of Commons on 19th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

asked the Minister of Health whether he will implement the recent announcement of a 70 per cent. increase in venereal diseases by a public educational campaign using all available propaganda methods?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

Yes, Sir. My Department has already received much help from the Press and the B.B.C., for which I am most grateful. I am asking the responsible local authorities to make more extensive use of the services of the Central Council for Health Education, which include pamphlets, films, and lectures, and to advertise local facilities for treatment by the wider exhibition of posters and otherwise. The campaign will be developed as circumstances permit. Its development and success depend, however, largely on the extent to which the Press and other leaders of public opinion, including hon. Members of this House, give it active and continued support.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

How many times has the right hon. Gentleman made public pronouncements on this subject?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

They would be innumerable.

Viscountess Astor:

Is it not a little late for the Government to resort to this drastic remedy? Would it not have been better if they had faced fundamentals at the beginning of the war instead of waiting?