HC Deb 27 June 1910 vol 18 cc810-1W

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies if he will state the number of troops in Malta during the year 1905, the half-years ending June and December, 1906, and the years 1907,1908, 1909, and 1910; the civil population of the island; the numbers, respectively, of civil and military and naval cases of Malta fever, for the same periods, respectively; the date when the cleansing of the harbour was carried out; and the date when the garrison was removed from the St. Elmo to the new barracks?

Colonel SEELY

The figures asked for by my hon. Friend, so far as they are available in the Colonial Office, are as follows:—

(Average strength, all ranks.)
1905 9,587
1906 1st January—30th June 8,101
1st July—31st December 6,979
1907 6,525
1908 6,819
1909 7,122

Number of Military cases of Malta fever:—
1905 643
1906 1st January—30th June 119
1st July—31st December 42
1907 11
1908 5
1909 1
1910(1st January—31st May) Nil

Total Naval Force. Naval cases of Malta Fever
1905 14,360 270
1906 12,130 145
1907 10,530 14
1908 9,780 6
1909 9,920 11

Number of Civil cases of Malta fever:—
1905–6 822
1906–7 714
1907–8 501
1908–9 463

The figures for the exact periods named are not available in the Colonial Office as regards the number of cases among the civil population. The civil population of Malta was estimated at 190,250 on 31st March, 1909. I do not understand to what my hon. Friend refers as the cleansing of the harbour. If he means the construction of drainage works to prevent sewage draining into the harbour, I can only say that various works with this object have been carried out from time to time during the last ten years. As regards the last sentence of the question, I would point out that there are still troops in occupation of the barracks at St. Elmo.