HC Deb 09 February 1897 vol 46 c26
MR. A. F. GODSON (Kidderminster)

I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether Her Majesty's Government is aware that woollen manufactured articles are being imported into this country from the plague-stricken districts of India; and whether, looking to the general consensus of opinion that the great plague of London derived its origin from woollen manufactures brought into this country from infected countries in Asia Minor and the East, Her Majesty's Government will take immediate steps to compel all wools and woollen manufactures coming from India to be thoroughly disinfected before they are allowed to be landed?


In answer to my hon. Friend, all I have to state is that my noble Friend the Secretary of State for India is in communication with the Indian Government on this subject, and the Indian Government are thoroughly alive to the responsibility which rests upon them. I am sure that every precaution will be taken, and I trust that nothing will be either said or done in this country which may unnecessarily hamper the course of trade.

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