§ MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, what action he proposes to take in regard to soldiers suffering from tuberculosis, in view of the findings of the Select Committee appointed to go into the matter.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR (Mr. HALDANE, Haddington)
The recommendations of the Select Committee have been recently considered by the Government as a whole. The decision is that, however desirable the special provision recommended by the Committee in the case of soldiers discharged from the Army because of tuberculosis, it is impossible to justify the assumption of this new kind of obligation by the State unless it is extended to other services as well as the Army, and possibly more widely still. The question thus raised becomes one of great gravity and cannot be decided by any single Department.