HC Deb 18 May 1846 vol 86 cc810-1

begged to know from the right hon. Baronet the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether he had recived any communication from the Poor Law Commissioners as to the steps pursued by them in inquiring into the case of the pauper, James Jervis, who had been committed, although 75 years of age, to prison with hard labour for 21 days, for refusing to pump at the Barrow-on-Soar Union workhouse; and also, what steps had been taken with regard to the female servant committed likewise to prison for being refractory?


replied, that he caused inquiries to be instituted into the case of the woman described as a husbandry servant, and the replies not having been satisfactory he had recommended that a Commissioner (a Queen's Counsel) should be sent down to inquire into the entire facts and report upon them. That gentleman had been sent; and until he had sent up his report, it would be impossible for him (Sir James Graham) to reply to the question. With regard to the case of the pauper, James Jarvis, he had communicated with the Poor Law Commissioners, and they had resolved to institute an inquiry; but it was a question whether it ought to be a public or a private one.

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