HC Deb 07 November 1906 vol 164 c558

I beg to ask the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that the chief medical officer of health for the island of Lewis, in commenting on the condition of the island, refers to the steady increase of consumption among the population as compared with its decrease in the country generally, and states that typhoid and typhus are endemic in the Lews, and that the island may well be the focus of many a distant outbreak of this latter fever; and will he state what action he proposes to take to meet these unsatisfactory conditions.


The exact words of my hon. friend's Question cannot be traced, but, as he knows, I am aware of the high death rate and the existence of the disease to which he refers in the Lews. These matters are under serious consideration.


I will take the opportunity to furnish the right hon. Gentleman with further information.