§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware that the present epidemic of smallpox in Liverpool has already lasted for a period of six months, during which time there have been about 1,400 cases and ninety deaths; and whether, seeing that the epidemic is spreading, will he consider the desirability of deputing one of the Board's medical inspectors to inquire and report in regard to the measures which are being adopted by the Liverpool health authorities to cope with the disease.
MR. GRANT LAWSON
I am aware of the smallpox epidemic at Liverpool. At the early part of the outbreak one of the medical inspectors of the Local Government Board was directed to visit the district and confer with the local authorities as to the measures to be taken, and I have no reason to suppose that they are not doing their utmost in this matter. I may mention that the latest returns do not show that the epidemic is increasing.