HC Deb 13 April 1891 vol 352 cc376-7
MR. W. LOWTHER (Westmoreland, Appleby)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is true that Mr. Curwen, honorary attaché to Her Majesty's Embassy at Constantinople, had lately died there of typhoid fever; whether there have of late years been frequent oases of typhoid fever at the Embassy at Constantinople; and whether he contemplates having a Report made upon the sanitary condition of the Embassy?


The lamented death of Mr. Curwen was due to typhus fever, not typhoid. As regards the sanitary condition of the Embassy, the system was reconstructed in 1878, and all discharge-pipes removed to the exterior of the building. In 1883 a thorough and independent examination was made, with the result that the efficiency of the sanitary arrangements was found to be thoroughly satisfactory. Since then further improvements in ventilation have been introduced. Though there is, therefore, no reason to attribute Mr. Curwen's death to any defect in those arrangements, instructions will be given to have the pipes and drains tested.