HC Deb 23 May 1898 vol 58 c358
MR. KEMP (Lancashire, Heywood)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the troops in the Soudan are provided with small tents only, while there are available in Cairo large Indian tents more suitable for their protection against the heat, and that the supply of filters is totally insufficient; and whether the Government will take action in both these matters to safeguard the health of the troops?


The provision of tents and niters to the troops in the Soudan rests entirely with the Egyptian Government, and these arrangements have been left to the discretion of the Sirdar. No complaints have reached the War Office.

MR. HOLLAND (Tower Hamlets, Bow)

May I ask whether the Under Secretary of State for War cannot make some inquiry as to whether a large number of cases of death from dysentery have not occurred among the troops which might have been avoided by some expenditure in the direction mentioned?


I doubt whether that is so, but I will have inquiry made.