HC Deb 06 April 1909 vol 3 cc1129-30W

asked the Secretary of State for War, if he will state to what extent inoculations against typhoid fever are now being carried out in the Regular Army and in the Territorial Force in this country, in the Colonies and Dependencies, and in India; by what officers the inoculation is performed, and if they receive any special payment for performing the operation; from whom the serum for these inoculations is obtained; what amount of money has been spent on this serum; and under which Vote is it included?


In the last year arrangements have been made for the voluntary inoculation against enteric fever of officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the Regular Army at all stations at home, prior to their departure for foreign service. Similar arrangements have also been made for voluntary inoculation against typhoid fever being carried out on board all troop ships and in all commands, including India, where enteric fever is prevalent. Statistics on the subject are not yet available. No arrangements have been made for the voluntary inoculation of the Territorial Force in this country. These inoculations are performed by officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps. No payment is made for the operation. The anti-typhoid vaccine is prepared at the Royal Army Medical College, Mill-bank. The sum of £63 was spent on the preparation of the vaccine last year, the amount being charged against Vote 2, subhead D.