HC Deb 04 July 1904 vol 137 c464
SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derbyshire, Ilkeston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the fact that forty-three cases of beriberi developed on board the "Tweeddale" during the voyage from China to Durban, that she was sent back to China with the surviving cases, thirty-five in number, and that beri-beri is a malady which infects a ship or place in which cases of the disease are collected, he will take steps to have this ship discharged from the service of bringing Chinese coolies to South Africa.


I have no reason to doubt that the Transvaal emigration agent at the port of embarkment will take any steps which are necessary in the matter. He has full power to obtain medical advice for his guidance in such matters.