HC Deb 16 March 1939 vol 345 c628W
Mr. Benjamin Smith

asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he will arrange for port medical officers of health to give in their annual reports particulars of all prosecutions instituted in respect of failures to remedy nuisances or defects in crews' accommodation;

(2) whether steps are being taken by port health authority inspectors to notify the inspectors at the next port of call in cases in which they are unable to revisit vessels in order to ascertain whether nuisances and defects in crews' accommodation have been remedied;

(3) what steps are taken to ensure that disinfestation of crews accommodation in coasting vessels, which cannot be carried out at ports of call while the men are still on board, is attended to at the home or terminal port?

Mr. Elliot

There is no prescribed procedure in regard to these matters, but I propose to consult the Association of Port Health Authorities as to the practicability of the hon. Member's suggestions and before doing so will communicate further with the hon. Member.