HC Deb 06 March 1911 vol 22 c816

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the outbreak of trachoma at the Dover Gordon Boys' Home; whether he is aware that boys were returned to the home by the emigration authorities as not passable by them as emigrants owing to their suffering from this disease; whether he is aware that attempts were made to draft boys under observation into the Navy and Army unknown to the doctors in charge of the cases; whether he is aware that the segregation ordered by the oculist first called in was stopped and that since that date a new outbreak has occurred; whether he is aware that it is now proposed to dismiss all the boys to their homes without guarantee that they are free from infection of this most cantagious disease; and what steps he proposes to take to deal with this situation?


I had not heard of this matter until my hon. Friend's question appeared on the Paper on Saturday. The school is not under inspection by my Department, but I will at once see that inquiry is made. I may say that the Home is not connected with the National Memorial Gordon Boys' Home at Woking.