THE fifteenth Annual Report of the Ministry of Health was issued on August 11 (Cmd. 4664. London: HJVL Stationery Office. 65. net). The Report, which relates to the year ended March 31, 1934, is divided into six partspublic health housing and town planning, local government and local finance, ad ministration of the poor law, national health insurance and contributory pensions, and the Welsh Board of Health. As in previous years, the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry is published separately. During the twelve months, private enter prise built without subsidy 207,869 houses, which constitutes a record. The opportunity has been taken to include in the Report a full review of the public health services under the conditions created by the Local Government Act, 1929. The number of samples of food analysed by public analysts during the year 1933 was 138,171, of which 7,601 samples were reported as adulterated:or not up to standard, a percentage of 5-5, being a slight increase over the two previous years. As regards infectious diseases, the notable features of the year were an increase in the prevalence of scarlet fever, concurrently with an increase in the prevalence in diphtheria, an increase in the prevalence of and mortality from cerebro-spinal fever, and a decline in the incidence of smallpox.