§ MR. SCHWANN (Manchester, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India if he will state the number of lepers in Burmah according to the latest available Returns, and whether any provision is made for their compulsory segregation, as is the case in Ceylon; and, if not, will he consider the advisability of causing such an enactment to be passed so as to remove this source of danger to the general health of both the white and the native population of Burmah.
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR INDIA (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
According to the census there were 4,190 lepers in Burmah in 1901. Provision for the compulsory segregation of lepers publicly soliciting alms, or appearing at large without any ostensible means of subsistence, is made by the Indian Lepers Act, which is in force in Burmah. There are three leper asylums in the province.