§ MR. MADDISON (Sheffield, Brightside)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, whether he is aware that five Post Office employees, lodging in one house in London, reported to the authorities that a case of scarlet fever had occurred in the dwelling on 6th July, and in accordance with the rules of the Post Office they remained off duty; but that five days afterwards two of the men, who are telegraphists engaged at the Northern District Office, were ordered to return to duty, the others remaining absent; and, whether he can state why the ordinary departmental rules relating to infectious diseases have been broken in this instance.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HANBURY,) Preston
All the officers to whom the question refers were instructed to resume duty under the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, to the department. The ordinary rules at present in force have been observed in this instance.