HC Deb 26 July 1881 vol 263 c1896

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to the danger likely to arise in Kent and other neighbouring counties at the approaching hop-picking season from the immigration of persons from London suffering from small pox; and, whether he can take any steps, by placards or otherwise, to warn those whom it may concern of the illegality of conveying persons in an infectious condition?


The attention of the Board has been directed to this subject some days ago, and before Notice was given of the Question instructions had been given for a Circular to the Guardians and rural sanitary authorities in the hop-growing districts in Kent and neighbouring counties cautioning them of the danger likely to arise from the immigration during the approaching hop-picking season of persons from the Metropolis who had been exposed to the contagion of small-pox, and pointing out the measures to be taken for the purpose of protecting the inhabitants of the district and for isolating any persons who may happen to be attacked with the disease. The Board themselves could not undertake to issue placards; but in the Circular, which is gone to press and will be issued as early as practicable, the Guardians are recommended to notify by handbills or otherwise the penalties incurred by the exposure of infected persons and articles of clothing and bedding.