HC Deb 01 March 1906 vol 152 c1309
SIR WILLIAM EVANS-GORDON (Tower Hamlets, Stepney )

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his attention has been called to the report of the medical officer of health to the Corporation of London regarding the insanitary conditions under which steerage passengers are brought to this country in foreign vessels; whether similar conditions are tolerated on English ships; if not, whether steps will be taken to oblige foreign owners to conform to the same sanitary regulations by which British owners engaged on the same trade are bound.


Yes, Sir. My attention has been called to the Report to which the hon. Member refers. Similar conditions are not tolerated on British ships which have to conform to the full requirements of our passenger steamer regulations. I propose to include in the Merchant Shipping Bill shortly to be introduced to Parliament provisions extending these regulations to foreign vessels.