HC Deb 03 July 1924 vol 175 cc1526-7W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Overseas Trade Department whether, in view of the fact that something like 3,000 cases of accidents and illness have been treated by the Red Cross at the British Empire Exhibition, and in order to allay any fears which may exist owing to the magnitude of this figure, he is able to give any information regarding the nature of the cases which have been dealt with by the Red Cross?


Of the 2,899 cases which, as I stated in reply to my hon. Friend the Member for the East Division of Bristol (Mr. Baker) on the 30th June, had been treated at the Red Cross station at the British Empire Exhibition, I am informed by the exhibition authorities that 1,922 are classified as minor injuries, such as cuts, scratches, slight bruises, etc., which were not severe enough to warrant the patients being sent home. Of the remainder, I understand the majority consist of digestive troubles and faintness. There are, in addition, a number of miscellaneous cases, the general nature of which does not suggest that they are in any way peculiar to the exhibition or attributable to it.

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