HC Deb 14 May 1874 vol 219 c267

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been given to a paragraph in the "Times" of the 1st of May, headed "Destruction of Infected Clothes;" and, whether it is contemplated by the Government to introduce into the Diseases Prevention Act of 1855 anything like the provisional regulations of 1866 applicable to certain infectious diseases, and so making those regulations permanent in their operation?


Sir, under the Public Health Act, Section 51, sanitary authorities may order the destruction of infected clothing, and give compensation for the same. It is proposed to extend this power to sanitary authorities within the Metropolitan area, who are exempted from the operation of the Public Health Act. It was the absence of this power which caused the difficulty at Greenwich to which the noble Lord's Question refers.