HC Deb 25 June 1883 vol 280 cc1421-2

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether his attention has been called to a statement, in several newspapers, to the following effect:— Last week a large transport entered Portsmouth Harbour with time-expired men from India. On the same day several diseased women left the Portsmouth Hospital, presumably with the intention of meeting that transport, and there was no Law to prevent it; and, whether there is any foundation for the statement?


Sir, as soon as the paragraph in question appeared in a London daily newspaper the Visiting Surgeon under the Contagious Diseases Acts at Portsmouth wrote to the Admiralty, under which Department he acts, saying there was no foundation whatever for the statement contained in it. This was stated in the House of Lords by Lord Northbrook on the 14th instant.