§ Mr. Crouch
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish the latest available statistics for deaths of infants and old people from hypothermia.
§ Mr. Alison
For the period October, 1968, to March, 1969, the number of deaths attributed to excessive cold, hunger, thirst, and neglect in which hypothermia was a contributory cause, or to hypothermia as the underlying cause, was 92. Later figures with a detailed analysis by age groups are not available. It is not known how many deaths attributed to heart, lung or other conditions may have been accelerated by hypothermia.