§ MR. LYON PLAYFAIR
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, in continuation of the Reports (134) of the non-medical inspectors of the Board on their proceedings in bringing into operation the machinery of the Public Health Act of 1872, it is the intention of the Government to lay before Parliament Reports by the medical officer of the Board on the practical efficiency of the Act in promoting public health?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
,: Sir, the Reports to which my right hon. Friend alludes were not laid on the Table by me, but were moved for last Session by the late President of the Local Government Board (Mr. Stansfeld) to whom they were addressed. They had reference mainly to arrangements for the first appointment of sanitary officers when the Public Health Act came into operation. I have not seen occasion to instruct the medical officer to report on the practical efficiency of the Act in promoting public health, and therefore I have no such Reports to produce as are suggested in the Question.