§ MR. SERJEANT SPINKS (for Colonel NAGHTEN)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, with a view to reduce vagrancy, he would recommend an uniform task for casuals in the different unions, such as is now enforced in Basingstoke Union?
§ MR. SCLATER-BOOTH
, in reply, said, that under an Act passed in 1870, a uniform task was set out for casuals in the Unions in all the rural sanitary districts in the Kingdom. In some places some variation had been allowed in that task, and if it was found to have produced satisfactory results, there would be no objection to re-view or re-cast the general Order: but the circumstances of Basingstoke, which was specially mentioned, were very different from those of most other places, and he was afraid, therefore, the Order in force there would scarcely be applicable to other Unions.