HC Deb 27 November 1888 vol 331 cc315-6
ADMIRAL FIELD (Sussex, Eastbourne)

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether his attention has been called to the Report of The Lancet Special Sanitary Commission on the British Emigration Services, as set forth in The Lancet of November 24, page 1,039; whether he will at once cause a special inquiry to be made into the alleged disregard of the Emigration Regulations in certain ships sailing from the Port of Glasgow; and, whether he will consider the advisability of proposing Amendments to the Passengers Acts of 1855 and 1863, with a view to the more effectual remedying of the abuses complained of?


My attention has been directed to this Report. The two principal facts noticed that require attention are the scale of medical stores and the sanitary condition of certain emigrant ships. The scale of medical stores has been under the consideration of medical specialists for some months, and its revision is now complete. I shall take measures to have a careful inquiry instituted as to the correctness of the allegations regarding the sanitary condition of ships.