HC Deb 22 March 1881 vol 259 c1653

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether his attention has been called to the doubt which exists whether the certifying of the London Lock Hospital and the detention of patients therein, under the Contagious Diseases Acts 1866–9, is legal, inasmuch as that institution is not situated in any "Place" to which those Acts apply?


, in reply, said, that his attention had only been called to the doubt referred to by the Question of his hon. and learned Friend, and he did not think that doubt was well founded. The Acts alluded to gave the fullest power to the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for War to provide and certify any building whatsoever without restriction of place for hospital purposes under the Acts, and he did not think that those general words could be held to be cut down by the previous section limiting the operation of the Acts for police purposes to certain specified areas. He might add that this interpretation was borne out by the mode in which the Schedules to the Acts were framed.