§ MR. W. M. TORRENS
asked the President of the Local Government Board, When the replies will be laid upon the Table to the inquiries directed by him several months ago into the comparative results of aggregation in large hospitals, and treatment locally of persons 625 suffering from smallpox and other contagious diseases?
§ MR. DODSON
Sir, it is not quite correct to say that the inquiry I undertook should be made was into the comparative results of aggregation in large hospitals, and treatment locally of persons suffering from small-pox and other contagious diseases. What I said was that it had been alleged that the aggregation of small-pox patients in the Metropolitan asylums had been attended with an outbreak of small-pox in the neighbouring houses, and that I would cause inquiry to be made with a view of ascertaining whether this allegation was well founded. Accordingly, I directed such inquiry as appeared necessary, and two of the Medical Inspectors of the Board have been engaged upon it; but I have not yet received their Reports.