HC Deb 02 September 1886 vol 308 c1084
MR. BUXTON (Tower Hamlets, Poplar)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, as the whole question of the Metropolis Common Poor Fund is about to receive his attention, he will agree to refer next Session to a Select Committee the question of the existing inequality of the Poor Rate throughout the Metropolis, with a view to an increase in the grants from the richer to the poorer districts by an extension of the system of the Common Poor Fund?

MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

also asked whether the right hon. Gentleman was aware that the poor rate in St. George's-in-the-East amounted to 3s. 5d. in the pound; and, whether the Government would afford him facilities for proceeding with a short Bill to amend the Poor Law Act of 1870?

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

, in reply, said, that the whole matter in connection with the Metropolis Common Poor Fund was at present being inquired into by him. He could not make any promise with reference to a Select Committee next Session. After the statement of the Leader of the House as to the Business which would be submitted to it during the current Session, the hon. Member for Bethnal Green would see the impossibility of proceeding with such legislation as he suggested in his Question.