HC Deb 20 January 1942 vol 377 cc190-1
33. Major Milner

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware of the typhus epidemic which has assumed dangerous proportions in Eastern Europe and made its appearance in Spain; and what preventive methods have been taken to protect our troops in the Middle East?

Sir E. Grigg

This question is receiving most careful consideration, and special measures have been taken to protect our troops in the Middle East against the possibility of an extension of the typhus epidemic outside Europe. The measures already taken include arrangements for the supply of vaccine and the setting up of additional laboratories for diagnostic purposes in the Middle East.

Major Milner

While thanking the hon. Gentleman for that answer, might I ask whether the War Office have consulted with the Russian authorities, who have vast knowledge and experience in this matter?

Sir E. Grigg

I cannot answer that offhand, but I am pretty certain that that is the case.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Has the assistance of the International Red Cross been invoked at any time for dealing with these epidemics?

Sir E. Grigg

I must have notice of that Question.