HC Deb 26 June 1919 vol 117 c360W

asked the Secretary of State for War if the steamship "Canberra" called at Port Said on 25th May last and picked up eighty odd hospital cases, chiefly malarial, and that the men boarded the ship with uniforms unfitted for the voyage; that the vessel called at Malta for coal and decks were washed in the usual way, this work being completed at 11 p.m.; whether he is aware that these men had no hammocks served out to them during the voyage, and were only served with two blankets each, with no proper quarters, they being compelled to lie on the wet deck or remain standing, and amongst these men there were some who had suffered from ten attacks of the stated malady; and whether such is the usual practice of conveying men home from the East?


I am making inquiries, and will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.