§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the fact that in the West House of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum there are 142 patients in excess of the number which the building can accommodate, and that this overcrowding has resulted in an outbreak of dysentery; and will he state what steps it is proposed to take to obviate this overcrowding pending the erection of Bangour Asylum.
§ MR. ANSTRUTHER (St. Andrews Burghs)
Under the auspicious circumstances of to-day perhaps my hon. friend will excuse my right hon. friend not being in his place. I will read his answer, which is as follows—I am informed by the Lunacy Board for Scotland that the dysentery has ceased for the last three months and that the overcrowding has diminished. The hon. Member will find full particulars of the action taken by the Board in pressing forward the construction of new buildings at West Bangour, in their annual Report just published. It is expected that these buildings will be ready in the autumn.