HC Deb 24 February 1890 vol 341 cc1019-20
COLONEL DAWNAY (York, N.R., Thirsk)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, having regard to the fact that owing to a severe outbreak of typhoid fever during the autumn of 1888 a portion of the huts in the Curragh Camp were condemned by the medical authorities, and that the War Office refused the £100 then asked for the restoration of these huts to a sanitary condition, whether he can explain how it happened that the War Office Authorities quartered the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards in these condemned huts last autumn, with the result that there was another outbreak of typhoid fever, from the effects of which four officers of the regiment nearly died?


There was no outbreak of enteric fever in 1888 in that part of the Curragh Camp in which the Grenadier Guards wore quartered in the autumn of 1889. In fact, only one case was reported as having originated there in 1888. During the previous months of 1889 other troops had occupied these huts without any ill-effects, and there was no ground for anticipating the un- fortunate result of quartering the Grenadier Guards there. All arrangements for accommodation of troops in Ireland are made by the General Officer commanding, and are subject to local considerations, with which the War Office Authorities have nothing to do.