§ Mr. Leach
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department made any inquiry into the deaths from vaccination or associated with vaccination performed during the smallpox outbreak in 1942; how many of such deaths were eventually discovered; the areas in which they occurred; and where the 10 deaths from vaccination or post-vaccinal encephalitis mentioned in the Report on the Edinburgh smallpox outbreak occurred.
Medical officers of my Department were in close and constant touch with medical officers of health during the period of this outbreak and paid special attention to deaths associated with vaccination. A total of 21 such deaths during the period were reported. Of these 10 occurred in Edinburgh, 5 in Fife, 4 in Glasgow, 1 in Lanarkshire and 1 in Midlothian. The 10 deaths mentioned in the recently published report by the Edinburgh Public Health Department all occurred in Edinburgh.