HC Deb 06 April 1903 vol 120 cc1102-3
DR. FARQUHARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the fact that 500,000 people died last year in India from plague, and of the spread of the disease, he will consider the advisability of sending out a Commission consisting of practical sanitarians, with a scientific expert at their head, to investigate the causes of the disease and devise a remedy.

(Answered by Secretary Lord George Hamilton.) The hon. Member is probably not aware that the subject of plague in India has recently been investigated by a very strong Commission, fully competent to deal with it in its scientific, administrative, and sanitary aspects. Their Report is accepted as the standard authority on the matter, and has been of the greatest value to the Indian Government in combating the disease.