Infant Mortality

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd November 1949.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon 12:00 am, 3rd November 1949

asked the Minister of Health what was the rate of infant mortality for the latest available period and for a similar period before the war.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

The provisional figure for infant mortality in England and Wales for the third quarter of 1949 is 26 per 1,000 related live births; the corresponding figure for 1938 was 42 per 1,000 related live births.

Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon

Will my right hon. Friend continue the good work of continuing to save valuable British lives?

Photo of Sir Archer Baldwin Sir Archer Baldwin , Leominster

Is the Minister aware that during the 20 years of Tory misrule the infant mortality rate was also declining?

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

Yes, the infant mortality rate was declining but at nothing like the rate it should have done.