§ MR. G. W. WOLFF (Belfast, E.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the recent examination into the sanitary condition of the police barracks in Belfast has shown that not only the Musgrave Street Barracks but also others are in a most unsatisfactory state; whether he is aware that many cases of typhoid fever, some of them fatal, have occurred amongst the police, the average number being far in excess of those amongst, the rest of the population of Belfast; and, what steps he proposes to take to put the sanitary condition of the barracks in proper order at the earliest date?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Inspector General states that the result, of the examination by the Public Health Department into the sanitary condition of the Musgrave Street Barracks has not yet been communicated to him. He has no information that the other police barracks in Belfast are in an, unsatisfactory condition as alleged in the Question. I have already stated that eight cases of fever 785 have occurred in the Musgrave Street Barracks since its occupation in 1893, and that four of these cases terminated fatally. There is no case of fever at present in this barrack. The further steps to be taken to remedy any defects that may be found to exist in the sanitary condition of Musgrave Street Barracks must depend upon the result of the investigations now being conducted.