HC Deb 16 March 1922 vol 151 c2367
69. Lieut.-Colonel HILDER

asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been called to the case of Henri Girand, a native of Mauritius and a leper lunatic, now under the charge of the Rochford Guardians; whether he is aware that both mental asylums and the East Hanningfield Leper Colony refuse to admit him, though the Rochford Guardians offer to pay for his maintenance, and in consequence the Rochford Guardians have to make special provision for him at a cost of £600 a year; and whether he will, in the interests of economy, insist that all leper patients should be accepted by the East Hanningfield Leper Colony, seeing that the medical opinion of the world is generally in favour of segregation of lepers?


Yes, Sir, my attention has been drawn to this unfortunate case. I have no authority to give directions as to the admission of patients to the colony mentioned, but I am in communication with the authorities of the colony.