§ DR. LUSH
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether the statements of Mr. Hammett Hailey, a medical officer of the Newport Pagnel Union for twenty seven years, in a Petition presented to this House July 7th and printed in the Appendix (No. 526) have received his attention; and, whether the dismisal of Mr. Hailey from his office for the alleged offence of writing an intemperate letter to a relieving officer (subsequently apologized for) will be re-considered by the Board?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
Sir, the case of Mr. Hailey has received my most careful attention, I am aware of the Petition presented to the House and the statements contained in it. It is not correct to say that he was dismissed for 46 writing an intemperate letter to a relieving officer. The letter was addressed to the Board of Guardians. But his offence could hardly be said to be confined to the writing of that letter. His conduct had been the subject of numerous and repeated complaints on the part of the Local Government Inspectors during a long series of years; and, upon reviewing the whole circumstances, I could not come to the conclusion that I should be justified in re-opening the case.