HC Deb 03 May 1887 vol 314 cc687-8
MR. NORTON (Kent, Tunbridge)

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty (with reference to the supply of impure water to Her Majesty's ships at Malta, resulting in a serious outbreak of enteric fever), Whether any further Report on the subject has been received from the Naval authorities at that port; and, if so, will he lay it upon the Table?

THE SECRETARY (Mr. FORWOOD) (Lancashire, Ormskirk)

As requested by my hon. Friend, I have inquired further into this question; and I find, from a Report just received from Malta, that prior to the year 1885 occasional testings of the water in the tanks took place. Subsequently, however, to December, 1885, a monthly analysis of the water has been instituted; and if arty tank is found to contain water unfit for drinking it is run off, and the tank thoroughly cleaned out. The Report from Malta is somewhat lengthy; but I shall have much pleasure in showing it to my hon. Friend, if he would like to see it.