§ MR. F. S. STEVENSON (Suffolk, Eye)
asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, in view of the extent to which sec. 23, 10 and 11 Vic. c. 109, by which it is provided that married persons, being both above sixty years of age, shall not be compelled to live apart in workhouses, has been allowed to remain a dead letter, he will urge upon the Boards of Guardians the necessity for complying with the requirements of the Act?
§ THE PRESIDENT (Mr. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN) (Birmingham, W.)
Last November my Predecessor at the Local Government Board sent a Circular to Boards of Guardians on this subject. I am informed that in a good number of cases in which provision has been made, as suggested in the Question, the aged couples prefer not to live together. But if my hon. Friend has any evidence as to any particular case he has in view in which such provision has been refused, I will take care that special representation be made to the Board of Guardians.