HC Deb 03 August 1866 vol 184 c2036

said, he wished to ask the President of the Poor Law Board, If it be true that the sick ward allotted to the Irish poor in the Marylebone Workhouse allows only 206 cubic feet for each patient; if that space is the measurement approved by the Poor Law Board; and, if not, whether he proposes to take any and what measures to remedy this abuse?


Sir, I am happy to inform the hon. Member that a mistake has been made in the measurement of the ward in question. There are four female Irish wards in the workhouse, three of which afford ample cubical space. The fourth is stated by the gentleman who measured it to be forty-six feet in length instead of ninety-six, and it appears that in measuring with a fifty-foot tape the first fifty feet were not noted. Instead of 206 cubical feet, therefore, the amount would be 440.