§ MR. C. P. VILLIERS
said, he wished to ask the President of the Poor Law 2097 Board, Whether the statement that appeared in the papers that day is correct, that Mr. Farnall had been withdrawn from the metropolitan district; and, if so, whether his withdrawal at this peculiar time had reference to any ground of complaint that he had against Mr. Farnall personally, or on account of the manner in which he had discharged his duties?
§ MR. GATHORNE HARDY
Sir, the statements which have appeared in the newspapers upon this subject are, to a certain extent, correct. Those relating to Mr. Farnall are entirely correct, inasmuch as I have assigned to him a district different from that in which he has hitherto been engaged. In making that change, Mr. Farnall was informed that I did not make it with a view to throwing any discredit upon him, or for the purpose of placing him in an inferior position to that which he has till now filled. The inquiries I have on hand I have thought advisable to have conducted by new Inspectors unconnected with the London district.