§ COMMANDER BETHELL (York, E.R., Holderness)
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty, Whether it is a fact that out of 429 surgical cases in Haslar Hospital, 276 are cases of venereal disease; and, if he can state whether this proportion shows an increase of cases of venereal disease in that Hospital since the suspension of the Contagious Diseases Acts?
§ THE FIRST LORD (Lord GEORGE HAMILTON) (Middlesex, Ealing)
There are at present 392 surgical cases under treatment at Haslar Hospital, of which 239 are venereal. The proportion of venereal diseases to other surgical cases has increased since the suspension of the Contagious Diseases Acts, as the following percentages show;—For the four years prior to the suspension of the Acts—1879, 44.09; 1880, 41.31; 1881, 41.84; 1882,42.2. For the four years subsequent to the suspension of the Acts—1884, 60.96; 1885, 55.17; 1886, 53.58; 1887, 56.56.