HC Deb 12 February 1847 vol 89 cc1232-3

moved the Order of the Day for the Third Reading of the Destitute Persons (Ireland) Bill.


wished to take that opportunity of directing the attention of Her Majesty's Government to the spread of fever in Ireland within the last month, and of inquiring what steps they intended to take under the circumstances?


observed, that the statement of his hon. Friend was quite correct. Within the last month, there had been a most lamentable increase of fever in Ireland. The noble Lord the Member for Falkirk (the Earl of Lincoln) had, on a former occasion, adverted to the powers given by an Act passed last year for constituting a fever board for Ireland. That board had now been revived, and had been, for a fortnight or three weeks, in constant communication with the Lord Lieutenant. The whole question had been anxiously and narrowly watched; but all he could state at present, in reference to the spread of disease in Ireland, was, that the Government were prepared to undertake such measures as should most effectually meet the difficulty.

Bill read a third time and passed.