HC Deb 22 July 1898 vol 62 cc844-5
MR. E. M'HUGH (Armagh, S.)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether his atten- tion has been called to the report of an inquest held in Belfast, on Saturday last, on the body of a German sailor who died of an infectious disease on board a vessel from Savannah to that port; is he aware that it was proved that the vessel on which the man died was brought close to the edge of the quay; and that the jury added to their verdict that a vessel flying the yellow flag should not be permitted to come closer to port than three or four miles; and will anything be done to give effect to this expression of opinion from the jury?


The facts are as stated in the second paragraph. The cause of death was typhoid fever, and the vessel did not approach the quay until it had been disinfected, and then only within 50 yards. The regulations of the Local Government Board do not apply to cases of enteric fever, and vessels are not compelled to fly the yellow flag unless there is a case of cholera, yellow fever, or plague on board.