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Volume 80: debated on Tuesday 11 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he has taken to increase the rate of immunisation among schoolgirls and women of child-bearing age against rubella.

On 29 June 1983 my right hon. and learned Friend announced in his reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Staffordshire, Moorlands (Mr. Knox) at column 99 a major co-operative publicity campaign between voluntary organisations, the Health Education Council and the Government. This three-year campaign, co-ordinated by the National Rubella Council under the patronage of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales, was launched in November 1983. The campaign is a sustained effort to increase immunity to rubella in these groups.