§ MR. VINCENT KENNEDY (Cavan, W.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received a pamphlet from the Ulster branch of the National Association for the Prevention of Consumption in Ireland, setting out that in the last thirty years the death rate from consumption per 10,000 of the population has fallen in England from twenty-four to twelve, while in Ireland the death-rate from this preventible disease has risen from nineteen to twenty-two per 10,000 of the population, and that annually nearly 13,000 people die in Ireland from this disease; will he say if this sacrifice of life is having the attention of the Government; and will the whole matter be immediately dealt with by legislation or otherwise.
I have received the pamphlet referred to. The figures are substantially, though not precisely, as stated. The fall in England during the last thirty years was from twenty-one (not twenty-four) to twelve per 10,000. The rise in Ireland was from eighteen (not nineteen) to twenty-two. The Local Government Board are about to issue circulars to local authorities and medical officers of health containing recommendations and instructions as to the means to be adopted to check the spread of consumption. The subject has been receiving, and will continue to receive, the careful consideration of the Government.
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL (Tyrone, S.)
Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been directed to an order issued by the Scottish Local Government Board on this subject?