HC Deb 16 May 1906 vol 157 cc465-6
MR. LUPTON (Lincolnshire, Sleaford)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if the average annual strength of the British Armies in Egypt and India during the twenty years 1881 to 1900 was approximately 69,751; if the total number of cases of small-pox amongst these men was 1,149, and the number of deaths from small-pox was 113; if all these men were vaccinated when they joined the Army or subsequently; and having regard to the fact that in the Indian and Egyptian Armies during the years 1901 to 1904 the case fatality from small-pox was nearly 13 per cent., when all the cases were those of vaccinated men, and that in Leicester, where there is a large unvaccinated population, the case fatality was only 4 per cent., he will cause an inquiry to be made into the circumstances attending this failure of vaccination to protect His Majesty's Army.


The Secretary of State answered a similar Question of my hon. friend on Monday on this subject, and I have nothing to add to the Answer he then gave. †

† See Col. 157.