HC Deb 18 April 1887 vol 313 c1117
MR. NORRIS (Tower Hamlets, Limehouse)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether any further information has reacted him as to the sanitary condition of the barracks at Dover, contradictory of the statement contained in the Report of the Principal Medical Officer there and the Commanding Officer of the Royal Engineers, quoted by him on 8th February last, "that they had failed to discover any insanitary conditions;" whether the death of another young officer, Mr. Keegan, and the illness of a private soldier, are attributable to typhoid fever, contracted in the barracks; and, if so, whether he will cause immediate and searching inquiry to be made into all the facts of these cases, which follow so closely on the death of Lieutenant Jarrett, of the Buffs, from the same disease; and, if he will state whether complaints have reached him as to the insanitary condition of other barracks.
THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)
According to a report received this morning, careful investigation has failed to discover in Fort Burgoyne, where these cases of enteric fever unfortunately occurred, any insanitary conditions which will account for the disease; but a further minute inspection shall be made, and steps taken to remove immediately every possible source of disease to which any suspicion can attach. In answer to the third Question, we have received complaints from other barracks also; and we shall in every case, if the complaint appears to be well-founded, remedy it with the least possible delay.
Hansard, 17 May 1887 vol 315 cc250-1250
MR. PRESTON BRUCE (Fifeshire, W.)
asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether a "further minute inspection" has been made into the sanitary condition of Fort Burgoyne, at Dover, as promised by him; and, if so, with what result; whether troops have been quartered in these barracks since the cases of fever which occurred there recently; and, whether the 4th Brigade Royal Artillery (Fife Militia) are to be quartered in this fort in June and July?
THE SURVEYOR GENERAL OF ORDNANCE (Mr. NORTHCOTE) (Exeter)
(who replied) said: Examinations have been made, both by the Medical and Engineer Departments, without discovering any cause which will account for the recent cases of typhoid fever at Fort Burgoyne. Arrangements have, however, been made for an independent examination by an expert of the Local Government Board, which may, I hope, result in the discovery and removal of any insanitary condition. Three companies of the 2nd Battalion East Kent Regiment were quartered in the Fort until the 12th instant, when the battalion went to Lydd for training. It is intended, if there be no objection on the part of the Medical Department, to accommodate the 4th Brigade of the Scottish Division Royal Artillery in Fort Burgoyne, so far as its construction will permit, the remainder of the corps being encamped close at hand.
Hansard, 13 June 1887 vol 315 c17291729
MR. PEESTON BRUCE (Fifeshire, W.)
asked the Surveyor General of the Ordnance, Whether the expert of the Local Government Board has inspected Fort Burgoyne, with reference to the cases of typhoid fever which occurred there; whether he reports the sanitary condition of those barracks to be satisfactory, or as in need of improvement; and, whether it is still intended to quarter here, about the 23rd instant, a portion of the 4th Brigade Royal Artillery (Fife Militia)?
THE SURVEYOR GENERAL (Mr. NORTHCOTE) (Exeter)
The Report of the Inspector of the Local Government Board as to the sanitary condition of Fort Burgoyne has not yet reached me; but the General Officer at Dover has telegraphed that the Inspector is of opinion that the fort will be in a perfectly sanitary condition, providing certain small alterations are made. These can easily be effected before the 23rd instant; and, under these circumstances, the 4th Brigade, Scottish Division, Royal Artillery, will be moved there on that date.