HC Deb 01 November 1911 vol 30 cc969-70W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he can explain the statement on page 41 of the Annual Report of the Sanitary Commissioner with the Government of India for 1909 that none of the women with the European troops in India who were attacked by smallpox during the year 1909 had been revaccinated, in view of the statement on page 203 of the Army Medical Department Report for 1906 that in October of each year all men, as well as women and children, are inspected, and those revaccinated who do not show either satisfactory marks or records of vaccination; and whether, if the women in question were, in fact, not revaccinated, he will state how it was that they escaped the operation at the last annual inspection of their vaccinal condition?

Colonel SEELY

It may be presumed that at the inspection in question no renewal of vaccination was considered necessary, either because the women bore marks which were considered satisfactory marks of vaccination or because there was a record of revaccination in their cases.