HC Deb 12 July 1905 vol 149 cc380-1

To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is aware of the condition of the place where the imported non-union labourers are housed by Messrs. Harrison, of Liverpool; whether he is aware that it has been found necessary to shift them to other quarters in consequence of the danger to public health, and will he say whether a licence has been obtained by the shipping company as is required by lodging-house keepers; whether he is aware that several batches of the labourers have been sent away owing to sickness having broken out among them; whether, in view of the complaints made by the men as to the verminous state of their beds and the absence of proper means for washing themselves, he will take such steps in these matters, by surprise visits or otherwise, as will insure public safety to health of those coming in contact with these labourers.

(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) I have received a memorandum on this subject prepared by the medical officer of health for the city of Liverpool. The memorandum does not bear out the statements referred to in the Question, but I will communicate further with the town council with respect to the matter.