§ SIR JAMES FERGUSSON
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, whether Her Majesty's Government has approached the South American Governments with a view to their modifying their quarantine regulations, in accordance with the Resolutions of the Dresden Sanitary Conference; whether any of those Governments are disposed to do so; and, whether the Brazilian Government have taken steps to provide additional quarantine stations, so as to obviate the necessity of ships being sent many hundred miles from their port of destination in order to perform quarantine?
§ THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Sir EDWARD GREY,) Northumberland, Berwick
The South American Republics have been approached in the sense indicated; but none of them have 520 as yet expressed themselves willing to adopt the principles of the Dresden Sanitary Convention. Mr. Phipps, Her Majesty's Minister at Rio de Janeiro, was specially instructed, on proceeding to his post, to make earnest efforts for improvement in the quarantine arrangements in Brazil, and a Conference is now sitting at Rio to consider the question. It is understood that the Brazilian Government have promised to provide three fresh quarantine stations, besides some other reforms in their Regulations.