HC Deb 22 July 1878 vol 241 c2059

asked the Secretary of State for War, If the report circulated by the public prints that forty-eight of Her Majesty's soldiers at Malta had been poisoned by carbolic acid, given by carelessness instead of lime juice, should prove correct, he would institute a very searching inquiry, with a view to the punishment of the culpable parties?


I am sorry to say there is some foundation for this report. I have caused inquiries to be addressed to the authorities at Malta. We have not yet received an answer. If the matter should turn out to be as serious as the hon. Gentleman represents, and as the report assumes, of course a very searching inquiry will become necessary.