§ 75. Sir B. FALLE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty whether, in view of the incidence of tuberculosis amongst ratings of the 1970 Royal Navy, he will institute an inquiry into whether the ventilating arrangements in living spaces below armour in His Majesty's ships are satisfactory; and whether the regulations laid down for the artificial ventilation of living spaces are properly observed?
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The ventilating arrangements of His Majesty's ships are the subject of the most careful consideration in every case. The general principles to be followed when fitting the ships were settled by a representative committee a few years ago, and those principles are properly observed when settling details. Moreover, any representations from His Majesty's ships as to possible improvements in ventilation are considered and acted upon as far as possible, With regard to the last part of the question the necessity of this is considered so important that it is specially reported on by flag officers at their inspection and a special inquiry is not considered necessary. I may add that I do not agree with the implied suggestion of my hon. Friend that the incidence of tuberculosis in the. Navy is exceptional.