§ SIR HENRY ROSCOE (Manchester, S.)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, in view of the fact that no less than 178 of Her Majesty's subjects have been treated gratuitously during the past two years in Paris by M. Pasteur for the cure of rabies or hydrophobia, and in view of the further fact that, even if the cases coming too late are counted, the mortality among his English patients is only 3.3 per cent. whereas if they had not been so treated the mortality would have been from 15 to 16 per cent. Her Majesty's Government will consider the propriety of affording, as other Governments have done, pecuniary assistance to the Pasteur Institute, where the treatment is now given to English patients free of charge?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
, in reply, said, he was thus far not acquainted with what had been done by other Governments; but before taking any such action as the hon. Member suggested, it would clearly be necessary to inquire into the circumstances of the 178 persons to whom the hon. Member referred. If any of them were persons possessed of means, it would clearly be their duty, in the first instance, to contribute towards the Institution from which they had derived so much benefit.
§ SIR HENRY ROSCOE
asked whether the right hon. Gentleman would inquire into the sums contributed by other Governments?