HC Deb 03 August 1882 vol 273 c602

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is a fact that there are a number of emigrant ships which, on their homeward voyages, come to this Country laden with cattle, returning to America with large numbers of steerage passengers; and, if he can state what, if any, special precautions are enforced for the disinfecting and cleansing of those ships after each voyage with cattle?


The facts are as stated in the first part of the Question. I am informed that those ships are thoroughly disinfected and cleansed after each voyage, and that they are subsequently inspected by Board of Trade, emigration, and sanitary officers. Emigrants would not be allowed to go out in them if there was any reason to suppose that they were in a condition dangerous to health.