HC Deb 28 October 1884 vol 293 cc350-1

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government has recently received reports from Madeira as to the quarantine regulations of the Portuguese Government involving loss of life to British seamen, especially with reference to the cases of the s.s. Plessy and the barque Valetta; and, whether Her Majesty's Government, in the event of the Portuguese Government declining to abolish altogether the vexatious and absurd restrictions placed on vessels direct from English ports, will impress upon the Government of Portugal the necessity of at once opening the existing excellent lazaretto at Madeira?


Her Majesty's Consul at Madeira has furnished Reports on the cases to which the hon. Member refers. Her Majesty's Government regret that, notwithstanding the strongest remonstrances, the Portuguese and other Governments continue to maintain a stringent quarantine system; but attention will at once be called to the importance of opening the lazaretto at Madeira.