HC Deb 15 February 1915 vol 69 cc881-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he can state the number of cases, and deaths, among the Expeditionary Force of measles, scarlet fever, typhus, and typhoid fever since the commencement of the War?

45. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the number of cases of and deaths from the following diseases amongst British soldiers on the Continent of Europe and in the United Kingdom, respectively, since 1st August, 1914: typhus fever, enteric fever, cholera, small-pox, scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles, dysentery, pneumonia, and cerebro-spinal meningitis?


It is impossible to make these figures readily intelligible in an oral answer and I will therefore, with the permission of my hon. Friends, circulate them, so far as they are available, with the Votes. I may state, however, at once that there have been no cases either of cholera or of typhus either in the Expeditionary Force or among the British troops in the United Kingdom.—[See Written Answers this date.]


Does the right hon. Gentleman think it desirable that these figures should be continuously given? There may be no harm now, but there may be later.


I think, if they are given at rather long intervals, no harm will accrue.