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Tuberculosis, Cardiff

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th December 1957.

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Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 12:00 am, 16th December 1957

asked the Minister of Health what report has been made to him on the high incidence of tuberculosis in the docks area of Cardiff; how the figures compare with national average; and what steps are being taken to improve the position.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

In 1956 the notification rate was eight times higher than the national average. Energetic measures are already being taken to improve the situation, and I am considering with the Cardiff City Council what more can be done.

Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Is the Minister aware that in Cardiff we regard this figure as extremely serious? Does he agree that it is probably due to housing conditions in the area? Will he tell us what progress is likely to be made in rehousing a great many of the people living in these conditions?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

The question of housing is, of course, not within my sphere of responsibility, but I know that the taking of appropriate housing measures is one of the matters which Cardiff City Council has in mind as well as matters which are more strictly in my responsibility such as clinics for contacts, treatment arrangements, follow-up arrangements and so on. I agree with the hon. Member that this is a very serious figure and a very serious matter, which calls for the best efforts of all concerned.