HC Deb 18 March 1897 vol 47 c938

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the attention of his Department has been called to the sufferings of the Black Watch at Sabathu, in the Punjab, from the deficient and contaminated water supply, and consequent prevalence of enteric fever; whether any steps are being taken to improve the water supply at that station and Dagshai; and whether Kasauli, Solon and Jutogh, where the water supply has been improved, are now completely free from enteric fever?


It appears from the monthly returns, which have been received up to November last, that enteric fever prevailed in the regiment of the Black Watch at Sabathu, in the Punjab, during April, May and June, increased in.July, August September, but diminished greatly in October, while no cases were reported in November. The report as to the health of British troops for the year 1896 has not yet reached me; but I will ask the Government of India to expedite it, and also to furnish information as to the water supply at Sabathu, Dagshai, Kasauli, Solon and Jutogh.