Health Hazards (Overseas Travel)

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd January 1974.

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Photo of Mr Robert McCrindle Mr Robert McCrindle , Billericay 12:00 am, 22nd January 1974

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he proposes to introduce legislation requiring travel companies to warn travellers of the risk of contracting tropical diseases in certain countries.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce legislation in order to compel travel agents and tour operators to issue details of health hazards likely to be encountered in overseas travel.

Photo of Mr Michael Alison Mr Michael Alison , Barkston Ash

My right hon. Friend sees no need for legislation in this field.

Photo of Mr Robert McCrindle Mr Robert McCrindle , Billericay

In view of potential epidemics from diseases contracted in some parts of the world in particular, and the desire of most people to prevent further compulsory inoculation, is not the proposal that I put forward for legislation a reasonable compromise?

Photo of Mr Michael Alison Mr Michael Alison , Barkston Ash

We are satisfied that the existing basis of providing information, widely diffused as it is, is adequate to ensure that the public know all that they need to know.

Photo of Mr Edward Milne Mr Edward Milne , Blyth

Is the Minister aware that a lot of unnecessary suffering, hardship and pain could be eased by accepting the proposal in the Question? Will he consult the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on this matter and reconsider the issue?

Photo of Mr Michael Alison Mr Michael Alison , Barkston Ash

If the hon. Gentleman, having alleged that hardship is being caused, will furnish me with specific evidence, I shall gladly consider it and, in the light of that, consider whether I may have to take up the specific point that he made. At present we are satisfied that the advice and information is adequate fully to cover the public.