HC Deb 30 August 1886 vol 308 cc792-3
MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, What is the scale fixed by the Board for the cost of the rations of Poor Law officers, chargeable on the Common Poor Fund under the second section of "The Metropolitan Poor Amendment Act, 1870," and what proportion the cost of such rations according to this scale bears to their actual average cost throughout the Metropolis; and, whether he is of opinion that the poorer unions of London receive under this scale the full relief contemplated by the Legislature in passing the Act of 1870?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

The scale fixed by the Board for repayment from the Metropolitan Common Poor Fund in respect of the rations of officers is—for masters, matrons, medical officers, when resident, schoolmasters, and schoolmistresses, 12s. per week each; for other officers, assistants, and servants, 7s. per week each. The Poor Law Board, when they fixed this scale in 1870, stated that they were aware that the actual character and cost of the rations allowed differed materially in different workhouses, and they had taken an average sum as fairly approximating the cost. There is no ground for supposing that the cost has increased since that time.