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Polynesian Archipelago (Infant Mortality Rate)

Volume 527: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the infantile mortality rate for the islands under British control in the Polynesian Archipelago.

The usual method of calculating infant mortality rates, at the number of deaths per thousand, is not really appropriate in these cases since the total births were only 217, 53 and 15 in the Ellice, Phoenix and Line Islands respectively. If calculated at deaths per thousand the figures would be 184ยท3, 283 and 333, but such a calculation should be regarded with reserve.