HC Deb 08 March 1898 vol 54 c974
DR. R. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty what is the nature of the epidemic which has recently attacked the Britannia training ship; whether proper provision has been made for nursing the sick; and whether his medical advisers attribute this and previous out-breaks of epidemic disease to the insanitary condition of the ship?

THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY (Mr. G. J. GOSCHEN,) St. George's, Hanover Square

The epidemic in the Britannia consists of measles and mumps. Proper and efficient provision has been made for nursing the sick by fully trained attendants. The present and previous outbreaks of epidemic disease have been traced to infection brought by cadets to the ship, and are not attributable to any insanitary condition.