§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War if he can state the number of non-commissioned officers and men annually admitted into hospital, the number discharged from hospital but recommended for light duty, as well as the number of invalids discharged from the Service, also the average number in hospital suffering from incurable disease?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Including the Army at home, in India, and at all other stations, the average number of admissions to hospitals during the last ten years is 198,735; but of these cases the great proportion would be unimportant in their character, and would not be regarded in an ordinary hospital as being of the in-patient class. Each admission of the same man is reckoned in the figures given as though it were a separate case. 2,887 men have on the average been discharged as invalids. There are no records to show the number discharged from hospital but recommended for light duty or the number in hospital suffering from incurable disease.