HC Deb 17 April 1888 vol 324 cc1490-1

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, under the provisions of the Local Government Bill, the proposed grant of 4d. per head per day towards the maintenance of the indoor poor will be a permanent yearly grant, or whether the grant will be distributed by the Board for one year only after the election of the County Councils, and will then be discontinued; and, whether, under the Bill, the grants in aid with respect to lunatics in asylums and the salaries of parochial medical officers and teachers in workhouse schools will be withdrawn?

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

The Local Government Bill contemplates that the payment at the rate of 4d. per head per day in respect of the maintenance of indoor paupers shall be paid annually, and not only during the first year after the constitution of the County Councils. The grants which have hitherto been paid by the Government in respect of pauper lunatics in asylums, and salaries of Poor Law medical officers and teachers in Poor Law schools, will, under the Bill, be paid by the County Councils out of the funds raised by the Licence Duties in their counties.

MR. ESSLEMONT (Aberdeen, E.)

asked, whether the County Council would have the power to raise or lower this payment in respect of the maintenance of indoor paupers?


No, Sir.