HC Deb 26 February 1894 vol 21 cc1037-8
MR. ROUNDELL (York, W.R., Skipton)

I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board whether he is prepared to take steps for consolidating the Statutes relating to the Poor Law, as well as the Orders of the Local Government Board, relating to the administration of the Poor Law? I may further ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is prepared to issue, in a cheap form, separately, the several Orders relating to the duties of Poor Law Officers, which at present can only be obtained by purchase at considerable cost in the aggregate?


I propose to communicate with the Statute Law Revision Committee with the view of ascertaining whether the preparation of a Bill to consolidate the Acts relating to the Poor Law would be practicable. These Acts arc, however, very numerous. The Local Government Board have under consideration proposals in relation to the consolidation of the Poor Law Orders. It is the custom of the Board on the application of any Poor Law Officer to furnish him with copies of the Orders which contain provisions relating to his duties. As regards some Officers, the Board have caused extracts to he made from the Orders and separately printed, so far as they relate to the duties of these Officers. I shall be happy to consider whether this practice may not be extended.