HC Deb 01 April 1897 vol 48 cc263-4
SIR CHARLES CAMERON (Glasgow, Bridgeton)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been called to the systems of anti-plague inoculation which are being tried in India by Dr. Haffkine and Dr. Yersin, and the statement contained in a recent official dispatch from Bombay that 3,296 persons have already been inoculated by Dr. Haffkine; and whether, with a view of securing a prompt test of the protective and curative value of the procedures referred to, he would take steps to secure an independent official registration of all anti-plague inoculations, so as to enable the practical efficacy of the systems to be tested by subsequent comparison between the disease and death rates among inoculated and non-inoculated persons?


I have been in frequent telegraphic correspondence with the Bombay Government regarding inoculations against plague. I have requested the Bombay Government to report periodically the number and the results of inoculations under Dr. Haffkine's and Dr. Yersin's systems separately. As yet I have received no report regarding Dr. Yersin's work beyond the telegram on page 15 of the Plague Papers distributed to hon. Members on Tuesday last. The results of inoculation are ascertained and reported as far as possible, as will be seen from the telegrams on pages 15 and 109 of the Blue Book, and from the Bombay Government plague telegram of March 29 published in yesterday's newspapers.