HC Deb 13 July 1936 vol 314 cc1655-6

asked the Minister of Health whether in view of the fact that a large number of the employés of the local authorities in South Wales and Monmouthshire are relatives of members of those authorities and in order to rebut charges of nepotism, he will obtain a return of all employés of such authorities who are related to members thereof; and, when complete, will he place a copy in the Library of the House?

The MINISTER of HEALTH (Sir Kingsley Wood)

I am aware that there

Maternal Mortality—1935.
Per 1,000 total (Live and Still) Births.
Deaths classified to Puerperal Sepsis. Deaths classified to other Puerperal Causes. Total Puerperal Causes.
Pembroke Adminstrative County 1.40 2.09 3.49
Cardigan Administrative County 1.49 1.49 2.98
Carmarthen Administrative County 1.48 5.19 6.67
Glamorgan Administrative County 2.93 3.72 6.65
Cardiff C.B. 2.81 1.69 4.50
Merthyr Tydfil C.B. 1.85 4.63 6.48
Swansea C.B. 0.73 3.99 4.72
Monmouth Administrative County 2.32 4.11 6.43
Newport C.B. 1.78 2.97 4.75
Brecon Administrative County 1.22 4.87 6.09
England and Wales 1.61 2.32 3.93
53. Mr. T. SMITH

asked the Minister of Health the rate of maternal mortality per 1,000 live births and per 1,000 live and still births, and the rate of infantile mortality in England and Wales in 1935?

are certain allegations of the kind mentioned. The fact that an applicant for employment is a relation of a councillor is not necessarily a disqualification for appointment. I do not think the action which my hon. Friend suggests would be appropriate, but in view of the undesirable results of the circulation of allegations of this kind I think it would be desirable that the local authorities should themselves consider the question of collecting and giving the facts.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in South Wales everybody is connected with everybody else?