HC Deb 21 February 1851 vol 114 cc873-4

begged to ask the President of the Poor Law Board whether he had received information of other disturbances in union houses in Suffolk besides those in the Barham union, occasioned by ablebodied labourers sent to union houses in consequence of want of employment?


had to state that he had received no information of disturbances in any other union house in Suffolk besides that at Barham. There was a disturbance, though of a much less serious character, in the workhouse of the Depwade union, in Norfolk, about the middle of January. With regard to the question whether these disturbances were occasioned by ablebodied labourers sent to the union houses in consequence of want of employment, he could only say that the accounts which he had received were conflicting. One account was that this was the sole cause. Another account stated that the really industrious and deserving labourers had borne their privations throughout with great patience, and in the most peaceable manner; and that but for the instigation of some persons of very different character, there would have been no riots at all. The whole of the circumstances would probably undergo a full investigation upon the approaching trials of the persons charged as rioters.

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