HC Deb 31 March 1879 vol 245 c17

asked the Vice President of the Privy Council, If the Order, dated 22nd March, relative to vessels arriving from the Baltic, Black Sea, Sea of Azoff, and Sea of Marmora, is to be enforced against all vessels arriving from those places or only against such as may arrive with plague on board; and, what measures are intended to be adopted on the arrival of ships from the aforementioned places in order to ascertain (without detention) how far they are free from infectious diseases?


Sir, the Order in Council of the 22nd of March renders all vessels arriving from any of the seas specified in the Order liable to quarantine, and subjects them to the provisions of the Act 6 Geo. IV., c. 78. On arrival at British ports, the masters of such vessels are called upon by the officers of Customs to answer certain quarantine questions as to the health of all on board, and if there be no ground for suspecting plague on board, they are at once released from the restraint of quarantine.