§ MR. J. DEVLIN
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he can state if the recent campaign against tuberculosis in Ireland has resulted in the diminution of that disease, and, if so, to what extent; whether any, and how many, of the local authorities have undertaken organised action to combat the disease; and whether the Government propose to introduce legislation on the subject embodying the recommendations of the leading Irish medical specialists as to the best means of prevention and cure of the disease.
(Answered by Mr. Birrell.) It is too soon to form an estimate of the results accruing from the measures recently taken with a view to the prevention of tuberculosis. All the sanitary authorities 930 in the County of Cork, some of those in County Dublin, and the Belfast Corporation and board of guardians have already taken steps for the provision of sanatorium accommodation, and there is reason to believe that many other counties and cities are merely awaiting the promised legislation before taking similar steps. The measure to be introduced by the Government will embody the principles which are recognised to be the most effective that can be taken by local authorities for the prevention and cure of the disease.