HC Deb 16 November 1882 vol 274 c1530

asked the Secretary of State for War, To be so good as to inform the House what are the numbers and proportions of sick in the different branches of the Army of Occupation in Egypt according to the latest returns; and, whether any steps are in contemplation with a view to the better accommodation of the troops?


In reply to the hon. and gallant Gentleman, I have to say that the present percentages of sick in the Army of Egypt are—for the Infantry, 7; for the Artillery, 11; and for the Cavalry, 15 per cent. The percentages are rapidly decreasing, as the sickly season has come to an end. General Sir Andrew Clarke, the Inspector General of Fortifications and Director of Works, went to Egypt a week ago to inquire whether any improvements in the barrack and hospital arrangements are desirable. In the meanwhile, no expenditure on these services has been spared to put the buildings in a fit state.