§ MR. JAMES STUART (Shoreditch, Hoxton)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the Local Government Board have received information from the Metropolitan Asylums Board of their intention of erecting a new fever hospital; whether he is aware that the Metropolitan Asylums Board proposes to place that hospital on a site separated only by a railway embankment from a population of 4,000 working people, and on low-lying ground in a neighbourhood frequently flooded by reason of the discharge of surface water; and whether, seeing that there is available ground not open to these objections within a distance of two miles, the Local Government Board will refuse their sanction to the erection of the hospital on the proposed site? In putting this question I apologise to the right hon. Gentleman for troubling him, but I do so in consequence of there being no representative of the Local Government Board here.
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR, Manchester, E.)
I have communicated with my right hon. Friend on the subject by telegraph, and I have not yet received an answer. If the hon. Member will be good enough to put his question down for Thursday I have little doubt that then I shall be able to give him an answer.
§ MR. ARTHUR O'CONNOR (Donegal, E.)
Will the right hon. Gentleman further communicate with the President of the Local Government Board to secure to the inhabitants of the district further time to allow them to make full representation to the Local Government Board as to the comparative advantages of the sites before the scheme is carried out?
§ MR. BALFOUR
If the hon. Gentleman will give me his question, or put it on the Paper, I will endeavour to obtain the information he desires.