HC Deb 27 July 1944 vol 402 cc887-8
37. Sir Waldron Smithers

asked the Minister of Health how many X-ray installations there are in the county of Buckingham available for tuberculosis patients.

Mr. Willink

I am informed that six X-ray installations are available for the examination of tuberculosis patients in the county of Buckingham, including one at Northampton, which is used by arrangement with the Northampton Corporation.

39. Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Health what was the death-rate from tuberculosis in the London area from 1939 to the latest convenient date; and how does that compare with a similar pre-war period.

Mr. Willink

As the reply involves a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Sir W. Smithers

That happened yesterday. If the answer is circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT what chance have I, Mr. Speaker, of raising the matter on the Adjournment, as I wish to do?

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Member must not ask a leading question like that.

Sir W. Smithers

Then I beg to give notice that at the earliest opportunity I shall raise, on the Adjournment, the whole question of the treatment and care of tuberculosis.

Following is the reply:

Tuberculosis: all forms London Administrative County.
Death rates per 1,000 population 1935–43 (excluding non-civilians from 3rd September, 1939).
Rate per 1000.
1935 .746 based on total deaths and total population.
1936 .755
1937 .771
1938 .704
1939 .760 excluding non-civilians from 3rd Sept., 1939.
1940 .974 based on civilian deaths and civilian population.
1941 1.248
1942 1.017
1943 .984

These figures represent the deaths of both sexes and at all ages from tuberculosis per 1,000 total population up to September, 1939, and per 1,000 of the civilian population after that date. They do not indicate the trend of tuberculosis mortality in London because, (1) great changes have occurred since 1939 in the sex and age proportions of London's population and (2) medical selection for the Services leaves behind the bulk of tuberculosis persons in the civilian population. Death-rates for separate sex-age groups, which alone can indicate the real trend of mortality, cannot be calculated for local areas for years since 1939 because the requisite populations are not known in detail of sex and age.