HC Deb 24 July 1900 vol 86 cc1045-6
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Director General of the Army Medical Department, at the Indian Medical Service dinner on 14th June, stated that the results of inoculation for typhoid, while it afforded some protection against contracting the disease, rather increased the risk of death when contracted, but that this only applied to the men, as both the incidence and case mortality among officers appeared to be increased by inoculation; and whether the recent statistics of Professor Wright, of Netley, which show that both attacks and deaths from typhoid are seven times less in the inoculated than in the uninoculated, applied equally to officers and men separately.


I have no know ledge of the statement attributed to the Director General of the Army Medical Department, and, as I have already explained to the House on more than one occasion, the statistics at present available are not sufficient to enable me to give a satisfactory reply to the question.


Will the hon. Gentleman inquire of the Director General if he made the statement?


I am not in the habit of asking my friends what they say in after-dinner speeches.