HC Deb 18 March 1895 vol 31 cc1273-4
SIR H. HOWORTH (Salford, S.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Admiralty if he can give a reassuring account of the sanitary condition of the Britannia training ship, where a serious epidemic has recently broken out and several lives have been lost?


The sanitary condition of the Britannia is at present considered excellent. Frequent inspections of the ship and cadets have been made, and every precaution adopted to insure as perfect a hygienic condition as possible. The origin of the late epidemic is distinctly traceable to a cadet who had been exposed to infection previous to joining the Britannia. Three deaths occurred, one in the person of a colonial cadet from Jamaica, who was undoubtedly affected by the late severe weather; another had been the subject of heart disease, and the third succumbed to severe acute bronchitis. The epidemic may now be regarded as practically at an end.


asked, if it was not the case that the sanatorium arrangements connected with the Britannia were too limited in extent in every way, and that a portion of the difficulty had arisen in consequence of patients having to be removed to a gymnasium where there was no proper accommodation for them.


could not answer from personal knowledge; he would consult the medical authorities.

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