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Vital Statistics

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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65.

asked the Minister of Health the birth-rate for England and Wales in 1941 and 1942, respectively?

The birth-rates for England and Wales in 1941 and 1942 were 14.2 and 15.8, respectively, per 1,000 population. The figure for 1942 is provisional.

Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that this welcome improvement is a short-term, temporary improvement or that it indicates any further improvement?

66.

asked the Minister of Health the death rates for England and Wales in 1941 and 1942, respectively?

The death rates for England and Wales in 1941 and 1942 were 12.9 and 11.6, respectively, per 1,000 population. The figure for 1942 is provisional.

Will the right hon. Gentleman be able in due course to give the standardised rates and comparative rates over a period recently, so that we can understand the bearing of these figures?

67.

asked the Minister of Health the rate of infant and maternal mortality for England and Wales in 1941 and 1942, respectively?

The infant and maternal mortality rates are the lowest ever recorded. As the full answer involves a tabular statement I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Does this reply indicate that the right hon. Gentleman is feeling the value of maternity homes and the great need of further provision of these homes?

Following is the statement:

England and Wales.

1941.1942 (provisional).
Infant deaths per 1,000 live births5949
Maternal deaths per 1,000 live and still births:
Post-abortive infection0.350.35
Abortion without sepsis0.190.11
Infection during childbirth and puerperium0.470.42
Other maternal deaths1.751.59