HC Deb 05 April 1883 vol 277 c1491

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If his attention has been called to a further outbreak of typhoid fever amongst the emigrants waiting at the depot at Plymouth, for the refitting of the ship "Oxford;" whether the disease has arisen, as alleged, from overcrowding; and, whether any compensation has been made to the emigrants for the expenses they have incurred through the delay in the past, and for the further delay necessitated by the fresh outbreak of typhoid fever?


, in reply, said, he understood that, since the last report, typhoid fever had developed itself in the cases of two more emigrants, and he understood that the whole of the emigrants had left the depôt. An exhaustive inquiry had been held into the circumstances, at the instance of the Agent General for New Zealand; and he had been told that the result of the inquiry had been to show that the outbreak of typhoid fever was not in any way due to overcrowding. With regard to the last portion of the Question, he was told that 1s. 6d. per day was the statutory compensation to which these persons became entitled; but that an additional sum had, by the intervention of the Agent General for New Zealand, been accorded to them in this case.