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Infantile Paralysis

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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95.

asked the Minister of Health how many cases of infantile paralysis have occurred in this country between 1st January and 30th June, 1947, and the comparable figures for the same period in 1939.

During the 26 weeks ended 28th June, 1947,398 cases were notified in England and Wales: the comparable figure for 1939 is 239.

96.

asked the Minister of Health if the evidence in his possession shows that the recent outbreaks of infantile paralysis are in any way connected either with essential food deficiencies or food poisoning; and if he will issue a comprehensive up-to-date statement of the practical knowledge which his Department has obtained in regard to the causality and incidence of this disease.

The answer to the first part of the Question is, "No, Sir." An article on the disease prepared in the Ministry of Health is being published in this week's medical journals. I would also refer the hon. Member to my Chief Medical Officer's annual reports.