HC Deb 10 March 1856 vol 140 c2111

I wish to ask the right hon. President of the Poor Law Board whether his attention has been drawn to the Report of the state of the St. Pancras Workhouse, presented by Dr. Bence Jones; whether the Board of which the right hon. Gentleman is President has any jurisdiction in the district to which the workhouse belonged; and what steps the Government intend to take in consequence of that Report?


replied, that it would not only not be creditable that the state of things alluded to in the Report of the inspector of poor houses should continue, but he believed that every one who had read that Report would be of opinion that there had been ample foundation for the inquiry which (Mr. Bouverie) had directed. He had directed Dr. Jones's Report to be communicated to the managers of the poor, who, under a local Act, had the management of the St. Pancras Workhouse. That body had recently been changed; and he understood that the new members were taking active and willing steps to remedy the evils disclosed by Dr. Jones's Report. The right hon. Gentleman might also rest assured that the attention of the Poor Law Board would be directed to the matter, and that every power they possessed would be exercised to procure the remedying of the deplorable evils that had hitherto existed in this workhouse.