§ DR. COOPER (Southwark, Bermondsey)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been directed to the outbreak of enteric fever at the Belmont Imbecile Asylum, Sutton; whether any delay arose in notifying the disease to the local sanitary authority; and whether the cause of the infection has been discovered.
§ MR. RUNCIMAN
I am aware of the outbreak referred to. There was some delay in the notification to the sanitary authority. This was due to the fact that many of the cases, especially the earlier ones, presented peculiar symptoms, and that it was not until bacteriological tests had been applied that a diagnosis of enteric fever was arrived at.