§ MR. ARTHUR JEFFREYS (Hants, Basingstoke)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he has received a copy of the unanimous Resolution lately passed by the Committee of the Aldershot Lock Hospital to the effect that the attention of the Government should be called to the advisability of insisting on the patients in Home Lock Hospitals being detained until free from infection as in other dangerous, infectious, or contagious diseases; and, whether he can take steps to carry out this Resolution?
§ *THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. BRODRICK,) Surrey, Guildford
There is not now at Aldershot a lock hospital under military control; but 720 the Government subscribes to a certain number of beds in the Hartley-Wintney and Farnham Union. A Resolution from the Committee of the hospital of the union has been received by the Secretary of State. While sympathising with the object of the Resolution the Secretary of State for War has no power make regulations for the treatment of patients in the hospital.
§ MR. JEFFREYS
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that there was a voluntary lock hospital at Aldershot in which there were a certain number of soldier patients?
§ *MR. BRODRICK
Yes, Sir; but that hospital is the Union hospital. With, regard to the hospital, the Secretary of State has no power to use it in any other way than as a voluntary hospital.