HC Deb 15 May 1885 vol 298 c622

asked the Secretary of State for War, If he has received the following Resolution from the Sanitary Authority of Newbridge and Curragh Camp, and if he will take any steps to comply with their request?—

"13th May 1885.

"The Board having considered the letter of the Secretary of State for War relative to removal of the 5th Dragoon Guards from Manchester to Newbridge, it was resolved that, though the regiment may be free from small-pox, we see from newspaper reports that the disease is spreading round Manchester into Salford, and that many persons, tradesmen and others, who will not be medically inspected, will accompany the regiment; under these circumstances the Board request that some arrangement may he made to either cancel the order for removal or delay it until the disease abates in Manchester.

"(Signed) R. H. BOEROWES, Clerk.

"G. MOLLOY, Executive Sanitary Officer."


The strictest orders have been given that no civilians shall be permitted to accompany the regiment to Ireland in any capacity whatever, unless they are medically examined and certified by the medical officer to be free from smallpox, or the danger of conveying it to others. Beyond this I cannot go. The Memorial referred to in the Question has been duly received.


Might I ask the noble Marquess whether the soldiers are not now in communication with their families, who are in communication with others, in a district admitted to be infected with small-pox?


said, it was not considered that there was any danger.