§ MR. LEA (St. Pancras, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, if he will consider the advisability of sending a civilian officer of health with the officer to be detailed to visit the packing houses in the United States on behalf of the War Office, so that he can furnish a report, from a medical and sanitary point of view, as to the conditions under which the work is done and the sanitary condi- 950 tion of the buildings used by the contractors.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. HALDANE,) Haddington
Lieutenant-Colonel Hobbs is considered thoroughly qualified and capable of carrying out the inspection necessary to protect the interests of the War Department. It is not proposed to send out a civilian officer of health to assist him.
§ MR. LEA
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether it is not the fact that Colonel Hobbs is merely a layman; whether this is not a question in which a knowledge of medical science would be of great use, and whether a medical report would not go much further than a report by a military officer to allay the apprehensions that are felt in this country? Would not a medical report be of infinitely greater value?
§ MR. SLOAN (Belfast, S.)
Does the right hon. Gentleman mean that this officer is highly trained in medical science?
§ *MB. HALDANE
I mean that he is highly trained in the Army Service Corps, and therefore is highly trained in this kind of work.