HC Deb 29 March 1904 vol 132 c974
SIR WALTER FOSTER (Derbyshire, Ilkeston)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will give the most recent official information that he has received respecting the outbreak of plague at Johannesburg; and if he can state whether steps are being taken to destroy rats at Port Elizabeth and other ports, especially in ships arriving from infected ports.


I have no more recent official information than that which I have published, but I have asked Lord Milner to furnish a weekly Return of cases and deaths during the outbreak. Steps are being taken at the British ports that no mortality among rats escapes observation and examination, and I am making further inquiry.


Will the Returns be published from time to time during the recess so that we may see the progress of the plague?


Yes, Sir.