§ MR. PIRIE (Aberdeen, N.)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now supply the information as to the state of health of the native troops in the Soudan, and of the mortality and invaliding which has taken place amongst them since the capture of Khartoum; and whether he would obtain from the Egyptian Government, for the information of this House, the number of 1136 European and Egyptian prisoners released by that victory, and their various nationalities?
§ MR. BRODRICK
Lord Cromer has reported in dispatch dated the 26th of March that 363 cases of death among the troops from all causes had occurred since the taking of Omdurman, chiefly from malarial fever and dysentery. On the 28th of March he telegraphed the following details respecting the cerebrospinal fever:—Among the troops, 126 cases, 54 deaths; among wives and families of native troops, eight cases, eight deaths; among Dervish prisoners at Khartoum, 13 cases, 2 deaths; among civilians in hospital, eight cases, six deaths. Forty deaths had occurred among civilians in Omdurman. The epidemic was reported to be diminishing. I will inquire whether the information mentioned in the second paragraph of the question can be obtained.