§ MR. FIRTH
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether his attention has been called to the circumstances attending the resignation of Dr. Murphy as the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras; whether there is any ground for the statement made in his letter of resignation that "excep- 1064 tional and unscrupulous means" have been adopted to prevent the carrying on of effectual sanitary work, and to discredit him in his contest with those who were affected by his condemnation of insanitary property in St. Pancras; and, if such statement is true, whether he proposes to take any steps in the matter?
MR. GEORGE RUSSELL
We have no information as to the circumstances attending the resignation of Dr. Murphy except that furnished by his letter which has appeared in a local newspaper. So far as we are in a position to form any opinion on the subject, Dr. Murphy has discharged his duties as Medical Officer of Health with great efficiency. The action of the Vestry with regard to the Medical Officer of Health is in no way subject to the jurisdiction of the Board; and we cannot, therefore, intervene.