HC Deb 14 May 1953 vol 515 cc1390-1
13. Mr. Dodds

asked the Minister of Health if he can yet make a statement in respect of experiments with an influenza vaccine.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The trial was extended to 31st March and the records are now being studied in detail by the Medical Research Council. I would prefer to await a full statistical report before commenting on the value of the experiment.

Mr. Dodds

I appreciate that point, but as every person in the country has a vested interest in these experiments, may I ask when we may expect some statement about this very important matter?

Mr. Maeleod

Unfortunately at all these trials there was a low rate of influenza both among the trial and control groups so the information is nothing like so adequate as we would like. But I will let the hon. Member know as soon as I am ready to make a full statement, and perhaps he will put a Question on the Order Paper.