HC Deb 15 April 1907 vol 172 cc604-5

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he has obtained authoritative Reports of the working of the compulsory notification of phthisis, under the provisions of private Acts, in the county boroughs of Bolton and Sheffield; whether such Reports show the system to be working satisfactorily and without serious objection; whether he has obtained, from or through the Local Government Board for Scotland, Reports as to the working of compulsory notification of phthisis in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and other Scottish towns in pursuance of orders approved by that Board on the express ground that phthisis is now regarded as infectious; and whether such Reports show that this system is working satisfactorily and without serious objection.


There have been statements in the Annual Reports of the Bolton and Sheffield medical officers of health on this subject, but I am not aware that any authoritative Reports have otherwise been made with regard to it. Nor have I received any Report from or through the Scottish Local Government Board as to the working of compulsory notification of phthisis in any towns in Scotland. Dr. Bulstrode, one of the Medical Inspectors of the Local Government Board, has, however, for some time past been engaged on an inquiry as to phthisis sanatoria in England and Wales, and incidentally he has acquired much information as to the working both of voluntary and of compulsory notification of pulmonary phthisis. This information he is embodying in a Report which is now in the Press.